Monday, January 23, 2017

Tricentis Raises $165 Million for Software Test Automation

Tricentis, which specializes in agile market leading software testing tools for enterprises, announced $165 million in Series B financing from Insight Venture Partners, a leading global private equity and venture capital firm. Tricentis is based in Vienna, Austria and has offices worldwide.

Tricentis claims more than 400 enterprise customers – including HBO, Whole Foods, Toyota, Allianz, BMW, Starbucks, Deutsche Bank, Lexmark, Orange and UBS - for its Tosca suite, which achieves 10 times the test-automation efficiency of tools that employ manual scripting.

“Today’s predominately manual software testing processes fail to meet the needs of today’s Agile and DevOps initiatives, which require highly-accelerated development cycles and, at the same time, a strict accounting for the business risks associated with rapid, iterative code changes,” said Sandeep Johri, CEO of Tricentis.

https://www.tricentis.com/

RETN Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress

RETN, which operates a backbone network that stretches over 32,000 kilometers of fiber and connects 29 countries across Europe, Asia and North America, has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress for connectivity between Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna.

The Infinera Cloud Xpress delivers a 500 Gb/s super-channel in a compact, two rack unit appliance for efficient transport of Ethernet services. Cloud Xpress also incorporates Infinera’s Instant Bandwidth technology to allow customers to software-activate line-side bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments as and when needed, closely matching their end-customer demands.

RETN has been operating Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Networks for several years to enable construction, modernization and upgrade of its DWDM cross-border network ring infrastructure in Europe and Russia, including major transboundary routes across Scandinavia and Ukraine. In 2015, RETN announced deployment of 500 Gb/s super-channels using the Infinera DTN-X packet optical platform across its pan-European network. RETN selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide 100 Gb/s DWDM services on two of its routes in Western Europe.

“RETN is experiencing growth in high-traffic regional networks across Europe,” said Tony O’Sullivan, RETN COO. “RETN prides itself on being an early adopter of new and innovative technologies. As we upgrade our networks, we turn to innovators in the industry bringing new solutions to the market first, like Infinera. We are delighted to have successfully deployed Cloud Xpress to power our regional networks in Western Europe, enabling us to deliver simple, scalable and reliable services for our customers.”

“RETN’s deployment of the Cloud Xpress highlights the value the Cloud Xpress Family delivers to network operators globally,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Infinera. “The Cloud Xpress Family’s compact design, ease of use and scalability stand out, enabling operators to grow capacity rapidly while minimizing the cost of space and power.”

http://retn.net/
http://www.infinera.com

Turbonomic Secures $50 Million for Hybrid Cloud Management

Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo), which offers an autonomic performance platform for the hybrid cloud, secured an additional $50 million in financing led by General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm.

Turbonomic’s autonomic performance platform for the hybrid cloud enables environments to self-manage to assure performance of any application.  Turbonomic’s patented autonomic decision engine dynamically matches application demand with infrastructure supply in real time, to maintain environments in a healthy state.

Turbonomic said it is helping customers to manage 2.9 million dynamic workloads in real-time, improving application performance while reducing costs – not only in their on-premises data centers, but also in their public, private, and hybrid clouds – managing both legacy and cloud-native applications.

For the latest funding round, General Atlantic joined existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital, Globespan, and Iconiq. Gary Reiner, former Chief Information Officer of General Electric and current Operating Partner of General Atlantic, will join the company’s Board of Directors.

“General Atlantic is a world-class investment firm, and Gary Reiner is a world-class IT leader and strategist,” said Bill Veghte, Executive Chairman of Turbonomic. “Their investment and participation is a tribute to the progress the company is making and the opportunity in front of us to dramatically improve IT efficiency and experience. We’re thrilled to have Gary on board to help us grow and scale.”

http://www.turbonomic.com

Friday, January 20, 2017

PTC'17: Redefining Network Connectivity - PacketFabric


PacketFabric is a cloud computing company that is redefining connectivity services by applying cloud-based principles to provisioning, delivery, and billing. Will Charnock, PacketFabric's CEO, talks about changing the consumption model for network connectivity.  Jezzibell Gilmore, VP of Business Development at PacketFabric, highlights some of the technical capabilities of the platform.

Filmed at PTC'17 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

https://youtu.be/A1i4IWO4qKo


PacketFabric Unveils its Ethernet Cloud Networking Platform

PacketFabric, a start-up based in Culver City, California emerged from stealth to launch an Ethernet-based cloud networking platform in 11 metropolitan markets across North America that aims to redefine how enterprises procure, consume, and utilize networking connectivity services.

The SDN-based, neutral layer-2 connectivity platform combines a completely automated network with terabit-scale performance. The company said its platform enables customers to instantaneously provision massively scalable network connectivity between any two or more points across its private backbone network. Users can dynamically provision capacity as needed to hundreds of different networks and major data center locations. PacketFabric’s any-to-any SDN-powered network facilitates coast-to-coast connectivity between 86 premier carrier-neutral colocation facilities across 11 U.S. markets at the time of launch.

PacketFabric leverages an advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal that provides visibility and control over the network traffic and services. Real-time analytics and interactive troubleshooting capabilities allow PacketFabric to offer the robustness of a packet-switched network, while ensuring consistent and reliable performance.

“When we set out to create PacketFabric, our goal was to completely change the networking ecosystem, radically overhauling the way companies think about procuring and maintaining their networking services. To do that, we knew we needed to combine technologies from different disciplines in a way that had never before been achieved, and deliver truly disruptive scale and performance, consistent with the vision at NantWorks," said Richard Steenbergen, Chief Technology Officer of PacketFabric. “Our platform is uniquely designed to deliver on the requirements of next-generation networks, with a robust, custom-designed orchestration layer capable of provisioning tens of millions of virtual circuits. The platform includes a real-time telemetry system designed to collect and visualize network performance data and provide complete visibility and control. PacketFabric is built on optical and packet switching platforms capable of delivering hundreds of terabits per second.”

http://www.packetfabric.com
  • PacketFabric is a member of the NantWorks portfolio of companies.


Juniper's QFX10000 Powers PacketFabric

PacketFabric has selected Juniper Networks as its principal packet-switched network infrastructure provider for its next-generation Ethernet-based cloud networking services.

PacketFabric is offering a fully automated SDN-based network that allows users to instantaneously provision terabit-scale connectivity in a direct, private and secure manner across a next-generation transport fabric, powered by Juniper's QFX10000 line of switches.

Juniper said its automation technologies enables PacketFabric's next-generation platform to provide real-time visibility and real-time interactivity, making it easier than ever before to oversee network traffic.

"PacketFabric is delivering a platform that can revolutionize how networks interconnect and interact with each other, which is an initial step towards making Digital Cohesion a reality -- an era in which multiple applications self-assemble to deliver new, predictive services. At Juniper, we are thrilled to be providing the advanced switching technology that will support the PacketFabric platform and provide its users with the superior performance, scalability and flexibility needed to have real-time and on-demand services. We look forward to continuing to work with PacketFabric to deliver networking innovation that helps their customers benefit from the cloud," stated Paul Obsitnik, vice president of portfolio marketing, Juniper Networks.

http://www.packetfabric.com
http://www.juniper.net

NEC to Build 48 Tbps Subsea Cable from Hong Kong to Guam

NEC Corp. was awarded a contract by RTI Connectivity to supply a high capacity optical submarine cable for a new system connecting Hong Kong and Guam.

The 3,900 km Hong Kong Guam Cable System (HK-G) is scheduled to begin operation in January 2020, featuring 100 Gbps optical transmission capabilities that deliver a total capacity of more than 48 Tbps.

The HK-G is slated to connect in Guam with the SEA-US optical submarine cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia to the United States, and that NEC began constructing in March 2015.

"NEC is delighted to be selected as the supplier of the HK-G Submarine Cable planned by RTI Connectivity," said Mr. Toru Kawauchi, General Manager of NEC's Submarine Network Division. "With Guam becoming a new hub in the Pacific, we look forward to helping the RTI group of companies provide for the expanding Asia-Pacific demand for more connectivity."

The contract will partially utilize capital from the Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan's ICT and Postal Services (Japan ICT Fund).

http://www.nec.co.jp

Ericsson Installs 10 Gbps E-Band Radio to Base Station

Ericsson has installed a 10 Gbps microwave hop using E-Band spectrum (70/80 GHz) in a 2+0 configuration (two carriers) in T-Mobile Czech Repulic’s live network.

The installation, which uses Ericsson’s commercially available MINI-LINK 6352, connects an optical aggregation site with a base station in the Prague area. This link spans a distance of 4.85 kilometers.

Ericsson said its outdoor MINI-LINK 6352 has the capacity and functionality to enable rapid deployment of 5G networks. The unit includes an embedded L2 switch, enabling full aggregation and switching between all traffic ports, makes it flexible to fulfill almost any site needs.

Lubor Žatko, Network Development & Delivery Director, T-Mobile says: “T-Mobile has been cooperating with Ericsson in the Czech Republic for 20 years, and use their MINI-LINK solutions for base station connectivity. The introduction of the MINI-LINK 6352 E-Band unit delivers the high capacity and low latency connectivity that T-Mobile needs as we prepare for 5G applications. We appreciate Ericsson’s solutions and attention in the microwave area to take care of our future needs. This latest 10Gbps microwave hop shows the potential of a quick 5G rollout in the Czech Republic.”

Marian Bezak, Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia, Ericsson, says: “In cooperation with T-Mobile Czech Republic, Ericsson brings the newest microwave technologies to the Czech market, helping to provide the best user experience for its customers. We strongly believe that we can contribute and support T-Mobile Czech Republic to further develop the Czech telecom industry and we are looking forward to expanding our cooperation towards the 5G era.”

http://www.ericsson.com

Oracle to Acquire Apiary for API Framework

Oracle agreed to acquire Apiary, a start-up based in San Francisco that provides a framework and tools for developing application programming interfaces (APIs) for cloud-based applications and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apiary said it has helped companies create hundreds of thousands of APIs. Its APIFlow framework spans the API creation lifecycle, including design, governance, testing, and documentation, while supporting API Blueprint and OpenAPI industry standards.

“Oracle’s API Integration Cloud enables companies to secure, consume, monetize, and analyze APIs,” said Amit Zavery, Senior Vice President, Integration Cloud, Oracle. “With Apiary, Oracle will also provide customers advanced capabilities to design and govern API’s, allowing companies to manage the entire API lifecycle and deliver integrated applications.”

“Oracle customers will have unique access to a comprehensive API management platform providing control and increased agility, enabling them to focus on innovation,” said Jakub Nešetřil, Founder and CEO, Apiary. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring even more value to customers as part of Oracle’s Integration Cloud.”

More information about this announcement is available at

http://www.oracle.com/apiary

Private Equity Firms Acquire Source Photonics

A private equity consortium led by Redview Capital and Asia-IO, with participation from investors including TR Capital, Axiom Asia and Aberdeen Asset Management, has acquired Source Photonics from Francisco Partners.

Source Photonics is a global provider of communications and data connectivity components, including 100G QSFP28 modules.

Source Photonics was originally acquired by Francisco Partners in October 2010 as a carve-out from MRV Communications.

“Francisco Partners was an excellent partner in our transformation at Source Photonics,” said Doug Wright, Source Photonics Chief Executive Officer. “FP provided the strategic support and resources to enable the company to execute on our plan and invest in new technologies. These investments helped us strengthen our product offerings, optimize our operational capabilities, and enter new markets.”

Doug Wright continued, “We now have the building blocks in place to accelerate our growth in the global optical communications market and we look forward to working with Redview Capital and Asia-IO as we continue to execute on our strategic plan.”

http://www.sourcephotonics.com

Video: Source Photonics Demos PAM4 - 2x50G QSFP28


Pulse Amplitude Modulation encodes information in the amplitude of a series of signal pulses. In this video, Dr. Manish Mehta, EVP of Product Line Management at Source Photonics, introduces the fundamentals of PAM4 encoding, which is expected to play a major role in enabling lower cost, 100Gbps data center connections. Source Photonics conducted a live demonstration of PAM4 2x50Gbps QSFP28 transceivers at #OFC2016. These will add to the company's...


Zscaler Adds Charles Giancarlo to Board of Directors

Zscaler, which delivers cloud security services, announced the appointment of Charles Giancarlo to its Board of Directors.

Giancarlo is the former Chief Technology and Development Officer for Cisco Systems and now serves as a Managing Director at Silver Lake Partners.

"Zscaler is what we would have built a decade ago if only we had foreseen the critical role that security would play in making the internet safe for business," said Giancarlo. "Zscaler is leading the next wave of security in a world where data and applications are rapidly moving to the cloud and people expect to have access to all their information from anywhere using any device. In this new world, security needs a completely new approach. Zscaler is architected from the ground up on the belief that all devices are suspect and network perimeters no longer exist."

http://www.zscaler.com

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Facebook to build Next Data Center in Odense, Denmark

Facebook has selected Odense, Denmark as the location for its next data center, joining Prineville (Oregon), Forest City (North Carolina), Luleå (Sweden), Altoona (Iowa), Fort Worth (Texas), Clonee (Ireland), and Los Lunas (New Mexico) facilities as one of the cornerstones of its global infrastructure.

The new data center will be built with Open Compute Project hardware designs and will be one of the most energy efficient to date.
The company said Denmark was chosen for its robust Nordic electric grid, access to fiber, access to renewable power, and a great set of collaborative community partner. Renewal energy is expected to account for 100% of electricity needs.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/odense-data-center/hello-odense/1104572789664613

Facebook Expands Fort Worth Data Center to Five Buildings


Facebook revealed plans to expand its data center in Fort Worth, Texas from one building to five buildings on the same campus. Construction on the first building is nearing completion. Facebook is now rolling racks of servers into the new building. The facility will be powered by 100% renewable energy, thanks to the more than 200 MW of new wind power that we worked with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation, and Starwood Energy Group to bring...


CenturyLink Pushes into Big Data as a Service with Cloudera

CenturyLink launched Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) with Managed Cloudera, a new managed service offering that combines CenturyLink’s expertise in data and advanced analytics, network, cloud and application services with the highly secure Apache Hadoop-based data management and analytics platform from Cloudera.

CenturyLink said its BDaaS is enhanced by adding data and advanced analytics consulting services supported by a deep bench of Cloudera-certified data scientists and Cloudera Hadoop solution administrators, developers and architects. The solution, bolstered by CenturyLink’s global high-speed network connectivity, provides storage, processing, and management components deployed on CenturyLink Cloud Bare Metal servers. The bare metal private cloud environments have been certified by Cloudera.

“Forward-thinking organizations around the world are quickly becoming more agile and responsive to their customers’ needs across all channels,” said Gary Gauba, chief enterprise relationship officer and president, Advanced Solutions Group, CenturyLink. “These enterprises are seeing significant competitive advantages by better leveraging their data, and our new managed service helps them achieve their big data objectives.”

http://www.centurylink.com

Windstream Introduces SD-WAN Powered by VeloCloud

Windstream introduced its software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution powered by VeloCloud that uses SDN to dynamically route traffic over a combination of private and public access types to reach multiple locations.

Windstream said its new service helps customers maintain control over their network from a convenient centralized location rather than requiring them to manage various routers, firewalls and switches. It also simplifies management and monitoring by presenting comprehensive information to the customer in a unified management console - a "single pane of glass."

"SD-WAN is another example of Windstream partnering with enterprise customers to deliver reliable, secure communications solutions that fuel productivity and growth," said Joe Harding, enterprise chief marketing officer at Windstream. "By including SD-WAN as another solution in our portfolio of managed WAN services, Windstream offers mid- to large-sized enterprise customers the same technology advantages that large enterprises enjoy, which include custom-designed networks and services, as well as a highly responsive support team."

http://www.windstream.com


Avaya Files for Chapter 11

Citing a need to recapitalize the company, Avaya filed voluntary petitions under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The company also announced a $725 million debtor-in-possession DIP financing facility underwritten by Citibank.

“We have conducted an extensive review of alternatives to address Avaya’s capital structure, and we believe pursuing a restructuring through chapter 11 is the best path forward at this time,” said Kevin Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer of Avaya.  “Reducing the Company’s current debt through the chapter 11 process will best position all of Avaya’s businesses for future success.”

“This is a critical step in our ongoing transformation to a successful software and services business. Avaya’s current capital structure is over 10 years old and was put in place to support our business model as a hardware-focused company, which has evolved significantly since that time.  Now, as a result of the terms of Avaya’s debt obligations and the upcoming debt maturities, we need to recapitalize the Company,” continued Mr. Kennedy.  “Our business is performing well, and we are confident that we can emerge from this process stronger than ever, as this path is a reflection of our debt structure, not the strength of our operations or business model.  Pursuing restructuring through chapter 11 will enable us to reduce Avaya’s debt and interest expense, while providing increased financial flexibility to further invest in innovation and growth to enhance our market-leading competitive position.  Most importantly, we are keenly focused on minimizing disruption to our customers, partners, and employees and do not expect to experience any material disruptions during the chapter 11 cases.”

Separately, Avaya reported Q4 2016 revuenu of $958 million, up $76 million compared to the prior quarter as demand improved for products and services, and decreased $50 million year-over-year, due to lower demand for unified communications hardware.  GAAP gross margin was 60.9% for the fourth quarter.  GAAP operating loss was $428 million, reflecting $542 million of impairment of goodwill and intangibles.  Non-GAAP operating income was $229 million which compares to $180 million for the prior quarter and $202 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.  For fiscal 2016, Avaya reported revenue of $3,702 million, down 9% compared to fiscal 2015, or down 8% in constant currency. GAAP gross margin for fiscal 2016 was 60.6%.

http://www.avaya.com/en/about-avaya/newsroom/

PTC'17: Where Global Connections are Made - iMiller PR

Ilissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations, provides an overview of iMPR's Trade Show Marketing Services including Content Marketing Strategy, at PTC'17 in Honolulu, Hawaii.



https://youtu.be/kfJ4-FwH0dM


Oclaro Expects Financial Performance at High End of Previous Guidance

Oclaro expects revenue for the second quarter of its fiscal 2017, ended December 31, 2016, to be in the range of $153.5 million to $154.0 million, at the high end of the prior guidance of $146 million to $154 million provided on November 1, 2016.

GAAP gross margin of approximately 39.5% and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 40%, above the prior non-GAAP guidance of 33% to 36%.  Non-GAAP gross margin excludes the effect of approximately $0.5 million of stock-based compensation.

GAAP operating income of approximately $33 million and non-GAAP operating income of approximately $36 million, above the prior non-GAAP guidance of $22 million to $26 million.  Non-GAAP operating income excludes $2.6 million of stock-based compensation and $0.2 million of amortization of other intangible assets.

"Our excellent preliminary results for the December quarter once again demonstrated the strength of Oclaro's products in the markets we serve.  We expect revenue to come in at the high end of guidance as 100G and beyond sales again exhibited excellent growth.  In addition, we expect the quarterly results to reflect record levels of gross margin and operating income and exceed our prior guidance.  Our performance was driven by strong execution, a richer product mix, and favorable foreign exchange rates," said Greg Dougherty, Chief Executive Officer, Oclaro.

http://www.oclaro.com


Oclaro updated its outlook for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 saying it now expects to exceed its previously provided financial gu

U.S. Army Awards $62 Million Cloud Contract to IBM

The U.S. Army awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contract to IBM to build, manage and operate a cloud solution for the Redstone Arsenal, near Huntsville, Ala.

The solution is part of the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) program, a one-year task order with four additional one-year options under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract.* If the Army exercises all options, the contract would be worth approximately $62 million over the five years.

In addition to building the infrastructure, IBM will provide the Army with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services, enabling it to provision computing power on an as-needed basis for the most efficient and cost-effective IT. The Army also will begin migrating applications to the private cloud, moving up to 35 applications to the private cloud in the first year.
“With this project, we’re beginning to bring the IT infrastructure of the U.S. Army into the 21st century,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, U.S. Army CIO. “Cloud computing is a game-changing architecture that provides improved performance with high efficiency, all in a secure environment.”

http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing



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