Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Barefoot Networks Appoints Craig Barratt as CEO

Barefoot Networks, a start-up developing next gen Ethernet switching silicon, named Craig Barratt as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Barratt joins Barefoot from Alphabet and Google, where he was Senior Vice President at Google and Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet’s Access business, which includes the Google Fiber broadband internet service.

Prior to Google, he served as President of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. following the acquisition of Atheros Communications by Qualcomm.  From 2003, he was President and CEO of Atheros. He led the company through its 2004 IPO and growth to more than $900 million in revenue in 2010 and the $3.6 billion acquisition by Qualcomm in 2011.

“We’re fortunate to have attracted an executive of Craig’s extraordinary pedigree to guide Barefoot’s growth,” said Nick McKeown, Chief Scientist, Chairman and Co-Founder at Barefoot.  “At Atheros, Qualcomm and Google, Craig built businesses of great and lasting value, and executed impressively to accelerate growth and diversification.   With interest growing quickly in Barefoot’s programmable switches, Craig will help us build on our strong lead in transforming how networks are built.”

http://www.barefootnetworks.com

MegaPath Signs VeloCloud to Expand its SD-WAN

MegaPath is working with VeloCloud to extend its its SD-WAN service.

MegaPath’s SD-WAN offering includes the ability to support bi-directional priority routing, real-time application failover, packet-level application performance monitoring, true bandwidth aggregation and complete network performance visibility. These new capabilities add to MegaPath’s existing SD-WAN offering introduced in March of 2016, which delivers centralized network management and monitoring, QoS-based priority routing, session-level application performance monitoring and standard network security protocols including IPsec VPN, load balancing and failover. MegaPath SD-WAN is a fully managed service that includes full-solution design engineering, dedicated project management and a white-glove approach to implementation and support.

MegaPath said that in addition to its flexible, multi-vendor SD-WAN approach, it differentiates itself on its ability to deliver carrier-agnostic, redundant, Layer 3 WAN connections nationwide, and its portfolio of reliable business VoIP and unified communications (MegaPath One).

“Businesses today cannot afford downtime. With the increasing reliance on the cloud, the cost of downtime has grown exponentially, and the need for always-on, reliable WAN connectivity has become a business imperative,” said Dan Foster, President, Business Markets, MegaPath. “VeloCloud’s industry-leading Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN strengthens MegaPath’s SD-WAN product by further addressing the business need to maximize application performance and meet the increasing bandwidth demands of our customers."

http://www.megapath.com

Twilio Posts Q4 Revenue of $82.0 million, up 60% YoY

Twilio reported Q4 revenue of $82.0 million, up 60% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and 15% sequentially from the third quarter of 2016. GAAP loss from operations of $12.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $8.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP income from operations of $0.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with non-GAAP loss from operations of $5.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.

“Our fourth quarter and full year results demonstrate the power of our platform business model that starts with developers and extends to some of the largest enterprises in the world,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “As we look into 2017, we will continue to invest in innovation and growth with the goal of powering the software-based future of communications.”

Key Metrics and Recent Business Highlights

  • 36,606 Active Customer Accounts as of December 31, 2016, compared to 25,347 Active Customer Accounts as of December 31, 2015.
  • Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 155% for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 172% for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Released dual-channel recording, enabling high accuracy call transcription for sales and call center use cases.
  • Extended Twilio Interconnect to support Twilio Client, allowing customers to use private network connections to Twilio for WebRTC based calling.
  • Introduced the Twilio Porting API, making it easier for customers to port their existing phone numbers to our platform.
  • Announced a SIP Registration API, allowing SIP-enabled devices or softphones to connect directly to our Programmable Voice offerings.
  • Acquired Beepsend, a Sweden-based Application to Person (A2P) messaging provider, to enhance the capabilities of the Twilio Super Network.


http://www.twilio.com

NeoPhotonics Debuts 28 GBaud Externally Modulated Laser

NeoPhotonics introduced a low-power consumption 28 GBaud externally modulated laser (EML) with an integrated driver, which is designed for client side 4x25 NRZ 100G, 4x50 PAM4 200G, and 8x50 PAM4 400G applications.

NeoPhotonics new 28 GBaud EML integrates a driver, which utilizes NeoPhotonics low power linear GaAs amplifier technology, with NeoPhotonics 28 GBaud EML at the chip-on-carrier, or CoC, level. The CoC assembly fits into a four channel transmitter optical sub-assembly, or Quad TOSA, designed for 100Gbps QSFP28 and CFP4 form factors, eliminating the need for a separate driver on the board. Customers can then directly link the CMOS-based CDR IC to NeoPhotonics’ 28 GBaud CMOS drivable EML, and enjoy the benefits of simplicity, low power consumption, and space savings. In PAM4 applications, the integrated linear driver makes NeoPhotonics’ new CMOS drivable 28 GBaud EML an attractive option for 200Gbps and 400Gbps applications due to the simple and direct connection to the PAM4/CDR IC.

The new EML joins NeoPhotonics family of EML lasers, which are currently shipping in high volume for 100G datacenter and client side applications.

http://www.neophotonics.com

DragonWave's Harmony Packet Microwave Radio Selected by Italy's Fidoka

Fidoka Srl, an Italian wireless Internet service provider (WISP), has selected DragonWave's Harmony Enhanced radios for a network upgrade.

Harmony Enhanced is a compact, all-outdoor radio boasting the industry's leading system gain, highest spectral efficiency and increased capacity that is enabled through 112 MHz channel support, Bandwidth Accelerator+, 4096QAM, and MIMO upgradability.  The Harmony Enhanced can deliver >2 Gbps in a single radio, with scalability via MIMO to 4 Gbps in a single channel.  Bandwidth Accelerator+ provides >2 times throughput improvements with the inclusion of header optimization and the industry’s only bulk compression working in tandem.

DragonWave said its Harmony Enhanced packet microwave radios, with up to 4Gbps of capacity and GaN technology that increases reach by >30%, continues to gain ground with a growing list of operators around the world in need of a fiber-equivalent solutions for rural deployments that require longer links.

“In pursuing our network upgrade to increase our regional footprint, but also to meet the increasing capacity demands of our existing customers, we conducted competitive analysis to find the most efficient and cost-effective, fiber-equivalent solution that served our business goals,” said Francesco Maria Compagnucci member of Research and Technical Development team at Fìdoka Srl. “The technological aspects inherent in the Harmony Enhanced enable a network architecture like no other product we tested, making it the logical choice for Fidoka as we continue to provide exceptional service our customers have come to expect.”

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com
http://www.fidoka.it

Monday, February 6, 2017

GSMA Predicts Fast Growth for Low-Power Wide Area Networks

GSMA is predicting that by 2022 low-power WAN (LPWA) connections will exceed 2G, 3G and 4G, as a leading technology Things (IoT) connection.

The finding is based on Machina Research's latest analysis shows that the number of connections will reach 1.4 billion.

The GSMA said these figures underscore how the industry is coordinating to facilitate standardization of low-power wide area network complementary technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M to accelerate this market.

GSMA's Alexandra Sinclair, said: "GSMA's mobile Internet of Things program in just nine months to establish a low-power wide area network market standards, the standards will be in the technology's growth, development and popularization play a decisive Role. "At present, there are several mobile operators around the world who are piloting a mobile Internet of Things initiative, and this year we will see a number of commercial applications in a range of areas that will provide complete connectivity and services for billions of new devices . "

"Clearly, low-power WAN technology will transform the Internet of Things and provide both immediate connectivity and long battery life," said Jim Morrish, founder and principal of research at Machina Research. "These qualities enable low-power wide area networking "The extensive use of low-power WANs will spur the entire ecosystem of things to support new use cases, improve the maturity and coverage of many existing use cases, and accelerate universal adoption," he added.

http://www.gsma.com/

Equinix Acquires IO UK's Data Center

Equinix has IO UK's data center operating business in Slough, United Kingdom for an undisclosed sum. The facility is in its development phase. For the period to December 31, 2015, which is the last fully reported financial period, IO UK generated revenues of approximately $1.4 million.

Equinix plans to rename the data center LD10.  The facility will add approximately 350 cabinets of sold capacity and a total colocation space of approximately 3,340 cabs once the facility is completely built out. It is in close proximity to Equinix's existing Slough data center campus and will be tethered to the other data centers (LD4, LD5, LD6), enabling customers to easily interconnect with one another across business ecosystems for maximum collaboration across digital supply chains. The Slough campus also offers low-latency connectivity to key markets from London such as 30 milliseconds to New York and 4 milliseconds to Frankfurt.

"London remains a global economic engine, with leading enterprises and cloud service providers making it a primary hub for IT infrastructure. Adding additional interconnection and capacity in this market enables local and international customers to leverage Platform Equinix to meet their changing business needs – whether that is to connect to networks, clouds, or financial markets – Equinix is the place to be," stated Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA, Equinix.

http://www.equinix.com

Viavi Ships 400G Testers

Viavi Solutions announced it has sold its ONT-600 400G tester to companies representing a significant cross-section of the high-speed optical networking ecosystem, including Japan's ORIX Rentec; a tier-1 U.S. carrier; two network equipment manufacturers, and chip and module vendors.

Viavi's ONT has the industry's first 400G support to include forward error correction (FEC) and PAM4 modulation. The solution can be used for design, development and validation of 400G technologies including CFP8 pluggable 400G optics.

'We are delighted to deliver comprehensive test, measurement and validation solutions for 400G to leaders throughout the high-speed optical networking ecosystem," said Dr. Paul Brooks, 400G technology lead, Viavi Solutions. "The ONT-600 400G offers all the features needed to deliver 400G to the market today and can scale with a range of future applications to address upcoming challenges such as FlexE, FlexO and future OTN. With numerous demonstrations of interoperability proving its readiness for market, we expect it to accelerate 400G solutions, from integrated chips, to CFP8 modules through to complete systems."

http://www.viavisolutions.com


Aquantia and AptoVision Target Software-Defined Video over Ethernet

Aquantia, which specializes in high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions for data centers, enterprise infrastructure and client connectivity,is working with AptoVision, the pioneer in video over Ethernet technology, on the industry's first fully integrated single-chip solution for implementing Software-Defined Video over Ethernet on 10GBASE-T infrastructure.

The collaboration combines Aquantia's AQcite FPGA-programmable Multi-Gigabit Ethernet PHY with AptoVision's BlueRiver technology to support the new SDVoE standard.

Aquantia recently announced the AQcite product line, and specifically the AQLX107, the industry's first FPGA-programmable multi-gigabit Ethernet PHY device targeting a vast range of applications such as Audio-Visual (AV) over Ethernet, machine vision, data center, enterprise, 5G wireless, industrial, metro environments and more. AQLX107 integrates a programmable FPGA processing fabric with a 10GBASE-T PHY, to create a single-chip hardware platform.  Combined with AptoVision's BlueRiver technology, the AQLX107 can be used to transmit true 4K60 video across off-the-shelf 10G Ethernet networks and standard category cable with zero frame latency.  Audio and video processing, including upscaling, downscaling, and multi-image compositing are all realizable on the SDVoE hardware and software platform made possible by the AQLX107.

"By deploying the combination of Aquantia's AQcite FPGA-Programmable multi-gigabit Ethernet PHY with AptoVision's BlueRiver NT+ offering, our customers enjoy the benefit of a power and cost optimized solution while leveraging the large ecosystem of Ethernet networking equipment to scale their pro-AV architecture," said Amir Bar-Niv, VP Marketing at Aquantia. "We're excited to drive SDVoE into the market together with AptoVision and the other partners of the alliance with our unique single-chip solution."

http://www.aquantia.com


WD and Toshiba Produce First 512 Gigabit 64-Layer 3D NAND Chip

Western Digital Corp. announced pilot production of the first 512 Gigabit (Gb) three-bits-per-cell (X3) 64-layer 3D NAND (BICS3) chip in Yokkaichi, Japan, with mass production expected in the second half of 2017.

The company describes the first production as a significant achievement in a nearly three-decades-long legacy of flash memory innovations.

“The launch of the industry’s first 512Gb 64-layer 3D NAND chip is another important stride forward in the advancement of our 3D NAND technology, doubling the density from when we introduced the world’s first 64-layer architecture in July 2016,” said Dr. Siva Sivaram, executive vice president, memory technology, Western Digital. “This is a great addition to our rapidly broadening 3D NAND technology portfolio. It positions us well to continue addressing the increasing demand for storage due to rapid data growth across a wide range of customer retail, mobile and data center applications.”

The 512Gb 64-layer chip was developed jointly with the company’s technology and manufacturing partner Toshiba.

http://www.wdc.com

Western Digital Achieves First 64 Layer 3D NAND


Western Digital has achieved pilot production of 3D NAND technology in 64 layers. The technology, which WD is calling BiCS3, was developed jointly with Toshiba, its manufacturing partner. It will be initially deployed in 256 gigabit capacity and will be available in a range of capacities up to half a terabit on a single chip. WD expects commercial volumes of BiCS3 in the first half of calendar 2017. "The launch of the next generation 3D NAND...


ZeroStack Unveils 3-part Strategy for Self-Driving Clouds

ZeroStack, a start-up based in Mountain View, California focused on self-driving private clouds, unveiled its roadmap and first suite of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities derived from machine learning.

ZeroStack’s intelligent cloud platform collects operational data and leverages machine learning to help customers make decisions about capacity planning, troubleshooting and optimized placement of applications.

ZeroStack said its vision is to extend existing functionality in three phases:

  • First, a suite of capabilities that deliver the self-driving capability in three levels of ‘cognitive’ capacity planning, a state machine to perform ‘hands-free’ upgrades, and ‘intelligent’ optimization, to manage virtual machine (VM) sizing. These capabilities guide the user to optimized use of infrastructure.
  • Next, ZeroStack will release a cloud optimization suite, including a broker that will assist with workload placement for best cost / performance outcomes.
  • The third component is automated performance troubleshooting. The capability will assist in identifying the root cause of application performance issues, such as correlating application performance with CPU, memory and IO metrics and identifying anomalies that may have caused poor performance. These capabilities can also be used to detect potential security issues.

“ZeroStack has continually worked to reduce IT’s I&O burden for enterprise customers, and our AI software strategy points the way to the future of IT operations,” said Kamesh Pemmaraju, vice president of product management at ZeroStack. “As placement and management of customer workloads increase datacenter complexity, AI will be a key requirement for cost-effective management, and we are at the forefront of using this technology.”

http://www.zerostack.com

Mellanox 100G Milestone: 100,000 Direct Attach Cables Shipped

Mellanox Technologies reached a significant milestone:  more than 100,000 units of its Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs) have now been shipped to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0 and cloud 100Gb/s networks.

“Hyperscale customers are selecting Mellanox cables due to our advanced manufacturing automation technologies which enable us to achieve higher quality, lower costs and to deliver in high volume,” said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development and general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox. “Copper cables are the most cost effective way to connect new 25G and 50G servers to TOR switches as they enable the entire new generation of 100Gb/s networks.”

Mellanox offers a full line of 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gbps copper cabling for server and storage interconnect. The two most popular options are splitter cables, which feature a 100 Gbps connector at one end for plugging into a switch port and either two 50 Gbps connectors or four 25 Gbps connectors at the other end for connecting to 25G or 50G servers. Widely used by hyperscale customers to connect servers to the top of the rack (TOR) switch, DACs have lower cost and zero power consumption when compared to optical cables and transceivers. The superior performance and low 1E-15 BER eliminates the need for FEC, which would add latency to the critical server-TOR link.

http://www.mellanox.com

Three UK to acquire UK Broadband Limited

Three UK agreed to pay £250 million to acquire UK Broadband Limited. A deferred £50 million will be made available as a credit toward an MVNO agreement on Three’s network.

 Three UK, which is a member of CK Hutchison Holdings, carries 35% of the UK’s mobile data traffic and its network covers 98% of the UK population.

 UK Broadband Ltd provides broadband access via a combination of licenced spectrum and fibre backhaul to 15,000 customers in the U.K.

 http://www.threemediacentre.co.uk/news/2016/ukbroadband-news.aspx

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Deutsche Telekom Launches Security Business Unit

Deutsche Telekom launched a new Telekom Security business unit with a goal of double digit growth in cyber security services.

Anette Bronder, Director of the T-Systems Digital Division, will now take on the additional role of Director of Telekom Security. Dirk Backofen will manage the new division operationally.

“No business today can afford to offer solutions and not factor in security. We are a pioneer here with Telekom Security working shoulder to shoulder with the Digital Division. We continue to offer the main pillars of digitization with solutions for the Internet of Things and for the cloud – along with compatible security solutions. Everything from a single source,” said Anette Bronder, Director of T-Systems, Digital Division and Telekom Security at an event in front of some 1,200 Telekom Security employees.

https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/telekom-wants-to-grow-faster-than-the-market-in-security-484876

Intel Sends Swarm of 300 Shooting Star Drones to Super Bowl

During the Super Bowl Halftime Show, three hundred Intel Shooting Star drones performed a choreographed aerial show. The sequence, which was pre-recorded, was the first time drones were used to complement an entertainment act at this scale.

All 300 drones were be controlled by one computer and one drone pilot. The FAA granted special permission for the fleet to fly up to 700 feet. Intel also received an additional special waiver to fly
the drones in the more restrictive class B airspace.

Intel said its software automated "the animation creation process by using a reference image, quickly calculating the number of drones needed, determining where drones should be placed, and formulating the fastest path to create the image in the sky.

https://newsroom.intel.com/news-releases/intel-drones-light-lady-gaga-performance-pepsi-zero-sugar-super-bowl-li-halftime/


IBM Watson Takes on Tax Preparation with H&R Block

IBM is working with H&R Block to apply Watson's analytical intelligence to a consumer-facing tax preparation service.

IBM Watson technology will be used by H&R Block’s tax professionals this tax season to help deliver the best outcome for each unique tax situation, while helping clients better understand how different filing options can impact their tax outcome. As part of the first phase of the collaboration, H&R Block and IBM development teams trained Watson in the language of tax, first applying the technology to the thousands of questions and topics discussed during the return filing process.

IBM said Watson is a good match because the field of tax preparation involves massive volumes of data, including a federal tax code with more than 74,000 pages and thousands of yearly tax law changes, all of which impact a client’s tax outcome.

“IBM has shown how complex, data-rich industries such as healthcare, retail and education are being transformed through the use of Watson. Now with H&R Block, we’re applying the power of cognitive computing in an entirely new way that everyone can relate to and benefit from – the tax prep process,” said David Kenny, senior vice president, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/51505.wss

Cisco Advances its Tetration Analytics

Cisco announced new capabilities for its Tetration Analytics framework including automated policy enforcement derived from its deep inspection of packet traffic.

Cisco Tetration Analytics, which was first unveiled in June 2016, gathers telemetry data from the ASICs on-board Cisco Nexus 9000 switches and/or from low-overhead software sensors in servers. It then applies machine learning techniques using analytics software running on Cisco UCS C220 servers to addresses critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics, and whitelist security. REST APIs are used to drive a WebGUI. Tetration provides actionable results dynamically based on behavior analysis of billions of flows, processes, and workload characteristics.

Micro-Segmentation

Cisco’s latest software for Tetration Analytics now provides consistent security policy enforcement applied holistically across each application.

Cisco said policy can be enforced regardless of where the application resides: virtual, bare metal, physical servers, or in private or public clouds, across any vendor’s infrastructure. This new enforcement model binds policies to workload characteristics and behaviors while ensuring that the policy stays intact even as the workload moves.

Cisco is also delivering two new deployment models for Tetration Analytics. In addition to the original large scale platform, Cisco now offers a new smaller-scale platform, Tetration-M, suitable for deployments up to 1,000 workloads. Cisco is also introducing a new cloud appliance with software deployed in the public cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Tetration Cloud – also suitable for deployments up to 1000 workloads. Regardless of the deployment model, Tetration can monitor workloads in private as well as public clouds.

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=press-release&articleId=1818269

Cisco Tetration Targets Pervasive Visibility with Forensics



Cisco unveiled its new Tetration Analytics solution for deep, real-time visibility into packet flows across a data center -- every packet, every flow, every speed. Cisco Tetration Analytics gathers telemetry data from the ASICs on-board Cisco Nexus 9000 switches and/or from low-overhead software sensors in servers. It then applies machine learning techniques using analytics software running on Cisco UCS C220 servers to addresses critical data center...


NVIDIA Debuts Latest Quadro Pascal GPUs

NVIDIA introduced its latest line-up of Quadro GPUs products, all based on its Pascal architecture and designed for professional workflows in engineering, deep learning, VR, and many vertical applications.

"Professional workflows are now infused with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and photorealism, creating new challenges for our most demanding users," said Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA. "Our new Quadro lineup provides the graphics and compute performance required to address these challenges. And, by unifying compute and design, the Quadro GP100 transforms the average desktop workstation with the power of a supercomputer."

Some highlight of the new generation of Quadro Pascal-based GPUs:

  • the GP100 combines double precision performance with 16GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) so users can conduct simulations during the design process and gather realistic multiphysics simulations faster than ever before. Customers can combine two GP100 GPUs with NVLink technology and scale to 32GB of HBM2 to create a massive visual computing solution on a single workstation.
  • the GP100 provides more than 20 TFLOPS of 16-bit floating point precision computing, making it an ideal development platform to enable deep learning in Windows and Linux environments.
  • the "VR Ready" Quadro GP100 and P4000 have the power to create detailed, lifelike, immersive environments. Larger, more complex designs can be experienced at scale.
  • Pascal-based Quadro GPUs can render photorealistic images more than 18 times faster than a CPU.
  • Visualize data in high resolution and HDR color on up to four 5K displays.
  • for digital signage, up to 32 4K displays can be configured through a single chassis by combining up to eight P4000 GPUs and two Quadro Sync II cards.

The new cards complete the entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup including the previously announced P6000, P5000 and mobile GPUs. The entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup supports the latest NVIDIA CUDA 8 compute platform providing developers access to powerful new Pascal features in developer tools, performance enhancements and new libraries including nvGraph.

http://www.nvidia.com

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