Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Edgecore contributes its whitebox “Cassini” Packet Transponder to TIP

Edgecore Networks is contributing the hardware design for the “Cassini” packet transponder to the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). 

Cassini is a modular open-source whitebox packet transponder offering a flexible mix of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) packet switching ports and 100/200 Gbps coherent optical interfaces for data center interconnect and service provider backhaul use cases. The design will support disaggregated software options including IP Infusion OcNOS™ and open source alternatives.

Edgecore said it developed Cassini with leading optical companies— NTT Electronics, Acacia Communications, and Finisar.

“The Open Optical Packet Transport project group in TIP pioneered the whitebox packet transponder concept with its introduction last year of the Voyager design which has gained significant interest in the community and from network operators,” said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks. “We have long supported open whitebox hardware with our many switch, PON OLT, and WiFi design contributions to the Open Compute Project®, and are now pleased to contribute the Cassini design to TIP as an open platform to provide more flexible whitebox choices to operators and encourage further collaboration between the packet switching and optical technology worlds.”

Highlights of the Cassini packet transponder

  • a 1.5RU form factor 
  • system throughput of 3.2Tbps 
  • based on Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk Plus switch silicon
  • 16 fixed 100 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports, plus eight line card slots 
  • supports a flexible mix of additional 100GbE ports or ACO/DCO optical ports based on coherent DSP and optical transceivers
  • supports Ethernet and optical line cards with MACsec security to enable secure encrypted connections on both client-side links and metro or wide area connections.

Cumulus supports TIP's Voyager Open Optical Routing Platform

Cumulus Networks is working to make its Linux implementation available on Voyager, the open transponder and routing platform of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP).

Voyager is an Open Packet DWDM system that disaggregates hardware from software and that can fulfill multiple use cases in metro and long-haul fiber optic transport networks. Facebook contributed Voyager to TIP to address operator needs for scalable, cost-effective backhaul infrastructure.

Voyager with Cumulus Linux is expected to be generally available for production use in early 2018 through partner ADVA Optical Networking.

The collaboration on the Voyager platform marks Cumulus Networks’ expansion beyond the data center networking market and into the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market. More than 800 customers, including over a third of the Fortune 50, use Cumulus Networks technology to enable web-scale networking in their data centers. The combination of Cumulus Linux and Voyager extends the benefits of the Linux networking model – including increased operational efficiency and lower costs – to optical networks. Through Cumulus Linux, IP + optical networks reap the benefits of an open and flexible full-featured protocol stack that offers reliability, automation, programmability, telemetry based capabilities, and VXLAN support.

“Opening up closed, black-box systems enables innovation at every level, so that customers can meet the challenges facing their networks faster and more efficiently,” said Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. “We’re excited to work with the TIP community to bring open systems to networks beyond the data center.”

“Open approaches are key to achieving TIP’s mission of disaggregating the traditional network deployment approach,” said Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Co-Chair of the TIP Open Optical Packet Transport project group. “Our collaboration with Cumulus Networks to enable Cumulus Linux on Voyager is an important contribution that will help accelerate the ecosystem’s adoption of Voyager.”

ADVA tests TIP Voyager in Colombia with InterNexa

ADVA Optical Networking and InterNexa performed a successful field trial of Telecom Infra Project’s Voyager open optical transponder over a 1,400 km optical fiber ring connecting the cities of Bogotá and Medellin.  The test delivered 200 Gbps on a single optical port.

The trial used an open “white box” architecture that disaggregates the hardware and software. Voyager integrates in a single rack unit (1RU) chassis IP packet technologies, switching and DWDM transponders. ADVA integrated the Voyager hardware and software components.

"We have found the Voyager Transponders very attractive for both their capacity on the DWDM line side for 100G/200Gbps speeds, and for the support of Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols and features,” said Gabriel J. Vivares Arias, Product Development Specialist at InterNexa’s Product Management. “So we worked with ADVA Optical Networking to design a trial in our network, over our DWDM system that interconnects the main cities of Colombia -- Bogotá, Medellin and Cali -- in order to run tests on an optical fiber network with a ring topology approximately 1,400 km long, based on a 50GHz ROADM architecture designed to support 40 x 100G channels, with optical links up to 130 km on the direct route Medellin - Bogotá (370 km in total) and at least 3 links with 180 km on average on the route through Cali, Medellin - Cali - Bogotá (1,040 km in total)."

Ericsson sets 2020 financial targets

Ericsson outlined key elements of a transformation plan to stabilize the company and improve its margins by the 2020 timeframe. The restructuring is taking longer than the company initially expected due to a weaker than expected Radio Access Network equipment market that will have significant compound effect over the coming years. The exchange rate of the Swedish krona against the USD is making the situation even more challenging.

During its Capital Markets Day event in Sweden, Ericsson executives reaffirmed that the corporate mission is "to enable the full value of connectivity for its service provider customers."

Some group financial targets

  • achieve net sales of SEK 190 – 200 b. by 2020
  • achieve more than 12 % operating margin on a sustainable basis beyond 2018, excluding restructuring costs.
  • achieve a gross margin of 37 – 39% and an operating margin of at least 10% for the Group in 2020, excluding restructuring charges. This target does not factor in any significant 5G sales during this time period.

Some other takeaways from the meeting

  • Ericsson expects that the Radio Access Network equipment market will decline by -2% during 2018, and by -1% during 2019. In 2020, the market is expected to remain flat with no further decline.
  • Beginning in Q4 2017, Ericsson will report its results in four segments: Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services and Other. 
  • Ericsson is expected weaker short-term performance in segment IT & Cloud, due to past contract commitments.
  • The Cisco-Ericsson partnership will not reach its goal of $1 billion in sales in 2018.
  • Ericsson is looking to sell its Media business.
Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson says: “5G is not just another G. Even though we are not planning for significant 5G sales before 2020, we are convinced it will create value for our customers in their mobile broadband business, enabling them to manage very high traffic growth. But even more important, it has the potential to create new businesses and revenue streams for service providers based on use cases such as industrial applications. With the combination of products and capabilities that we have in Networks and Digital Services combined, we are well positioned to support our customers’ network evolution to 5G.”

Netflix deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress 2

Netflix has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 to expand their delivery capacity for streaming videos.

Netflix has over 100 million members in over 190 countries and delivers more than 125 million hours of streaming TV shows and movies per day.

Infinera's Cloud Xpress 2 supports simple point-and-click provisioning and the highest plug-and-play combination of capacity and reach available, delivering 1.2 terabits per second of capacity up to 130 kilometers without any external equipment. Infinera Instant Bandwidth enables Netflix to activate and pay for additional capacity in minutes, reducing initial cost of deployment while remaining responsive to dynamic capacity demands.

“The Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 makes it easy to deploy new high-capacity links between our Open Connect content delivery points of presence and quickly scale capacity to match demand,” said Dave Temkin, vice president of global networks, Netflix.

“We are honored to work with Netflix to help improve the delivery of streaming videos for its more than 100 million members around the world,” said Pete Dale, vice president of sales, cloud and content at Infinera. “The Netflix deployments demonstrate the exceptional simplicity and operational efficiency of the terabit-scale Cloud Xpress 2.”

Infinera announces Q3 revenue of $192m, restructuring

Infinera reported Q3 2017 revenue of $192.6 million, compared to $176.8 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $185.5 million in the third quarter of 2016. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 35.2% compared to 36.7% in the second quarter of 2017 and 45.6% in the third quarter of 2016. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (17.8)% compared to (22.9)% in the second quarter of 2017 and (5.9)% in the third quarter of 2016. There was a GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(37.2) million, or $(0.25) per share, compared to a net loss of $(42.8) million, or $(0.29) per share, in the second quarter of 2017, and net loss of $(11.2) million, or $(0.08) per share, in the third quarter of 2016.

In addition, Infinera announced a restructuring plan to reduce its expenses, including reduced headcount, rationalization of certain products and programs, and the closure of a remote R&D facility.
Infinera anticipates annual savings from the restructuring to be approximately $40.0 million.

“In the third quarter we continued to bring new products to market and delivered financial results that exceeded our guidance,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our ICE4 products are delivering the technology differentiation we expected and are gaining traction across multiple customer verticals. Despite a softening near-term market outlook, over time I am confident we will return to outgrowing the market and delivering strong financial results.”

Ixia's new BreakingPoint Cloud stress tests cloud security

Ixia announced BreakingPoint Cloud, a software as a service (SaaS) solution that safely models data breaches and threat vectors to deliver quantifiable evidence and immediate insight into the effectiveness of cloud-based data and application security, whether private, public, or hybrid.

The service is powered by a high assurance threat intelligence feed provided by Ixia’s Application Threat Intelligence (ATI) Research Center. Ixia said its service can help eliminate security misconfigurations, understand the impact of a new risk before it happens, and provide evidence to support security audits.

"BreakingPoint Cloud is a proactive, risk assessment solution for public cloud and on-premise and hybrid networks that uses data-driven evidence to help customers ensure that their security controls are continuously working at optimum capacity, and can mitigate the latest breaches," stated Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Ixia, a Keysight Business.

Twilio's Q3 revenue tops $100 million

Twilio, which enables developers to embed messaging, voice, and video capabilities directly into their software applications, reported its first $100 million quarter. Twilio's Q3 revenues amounted to $100.5 million, up 41% from the third quarter of 2016 and 5% sequentially from the second quarter of 2017. There was a GAAP loss from operations of $24.0 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $11.3 million for the third quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP loss from operations of $7.7 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with non-GAAP loss from operations of $3.4 million for the third quarter of 2016.

Twilio reported 46,489 active customer accounts as of September 30, 2017, compared to 34,457 as of September 30, 2016.

“We hit a number of exciting milestones in Q3, including our first $100 million revenue quarter, our first enterprise license agreement for our higher level software products, and the launch of Twilio Studio,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Silver Spring Q3 revenues dip to $47million

Silver Spring Networks reported Q3 revenue of $47.6 million, down 35.9% year-over-year. Net loss per diluted share was ($0.47), versus ($0.29) in the third quarter of last year.
Quarter-ending cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments was $126.2 million versus $113.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. Billings were $82.8 million, up 8.7% year-over-year.
Cost of billings was $43.1 million or 52.1% of billings, versus $34.4 million or 45.1% in the third quarter of 2016.

“We delivered solid billings growth, underlying profitability, and significant cash flow from operations,” said Mike Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Silver Spring Networks. “New customer deployments continue for both domestic and international projects as we ramp deliveries of our Gen5 platform.”

In September,  Itron agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Silver Spring for $16.25 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $830 million, net of $118 million of Silver Spring’s cash. Silver Spring provides Internet of Important Things connectivity platforms and solutions to utilities and cities. In 2016, Silver Spring generated revenues of $311 million with a gross margin of 44 percent and ended the year with $1.2 billion of backlog. With its global footprint in the smart utility and smart city sectors, Silver Spring generated more than 20 percent of its revenues through its primarily recurring managed services and SaaS solutions, an area of strategic focus for Itron. To date, Silver Spring has delivered more than 27.3 million network-enabled devices across five continents.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A10 intros FlexPool software subscription model

A10 Networks introduced a software subscription model that provides enterprises and service providers a consumption billing model for its next-generation load balancers and application delivery controllers.

The A10 FlexPool aggregated capacity model allows customers to flexibly allocate and re-distribute capacity across applications, multiple clouds and data centers.

A10 said its new software subscription-based capacity consumption model represents a strategic step in its business strategy and vision because it allows customers to seamlessly use A10 services either on-premise or in the cloud. It also eliminates unnecessary overprovisioning expenses for the customer.

“Hybrid cloud is spurring greater innovation opportunities for IT to deliver business relevance and agility for network managers,” said Raj Jalan, CTO, A10 Networks. “Our new software subscription and capacity pooling model is designed to eliminate the traditional challenges of resource planning and portability across today’s hybrid network environments, offering greater flexibility and dynamic scalability to meet enterprise IT’s cloud environment needs well into the future.”

Juniper enhances its Contrail Cloud

Juniper Networks rolled out a series of enhancements to its Contrail Cloud platform, including integration of OpenStack Platform and Ceph Storage from Red Hat, built-in AppFormix automation and visibility, pre-validated virtual network functions (VNFs) and new end-to-end support services.

These enhancements aim to make the deployment of a telco cloud easier through simplifying the underlying Linux distribution with Red Hat, seamlessly gleaning network insight with AppFormix, clearing the traditionally difficult task of validating VNFs by pre-qualifying, and adding end-to-end support services to smooth implementation.

Highlights:


  • AppFormix Integration. Contrail Cloud now features AppFormix, which Juniper acquired in 2016, for fully integrated service assurance of network functions virtualization (NFV) workloads. Juniper's AppFormix introduces an NFV-centric service assurance capability that leverages machine learning to provide continuous response and learning capabilities for uninterrupted operation.
  • Pre-Validated Virtual Network Functions. Contrail Cloud now comes as a pre-validated solution with a pre-vetted hardware and software compatibility list that ensures a smooth and rapid cloud deployment from the beginning. The solution includes support for Juniper's vSRX Virtual Firewall, Affirmed Networks' industry-leading Mobile Content Cloud virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution, and future third-party virtual network functions. The joint solution with Affirmed, which combines their leadership in NFV for Mobile Networks and Juniper's leadership in SDN, IP Networking, and Security, will enable mobile service providers to gracefully migrate to a distributed cloud architecture to significantly improve their service agility and drastically lower their TCO.
  • Contrail Cloud managed solution offering: Juniper has introduced an end-to-end services offering to build and operate the cloud infrastructure for customers, including 24/7 solution support, and high-touch services to ensure expert application and adoption of Contrail Cloud.
  • Expanded collaboration with Red Hat. Juniper has expanded its collaboration with Red Hat to offer a proven foundation for modern and scalable communications industry deployments, including NFV. Juniper has migrated Contrail Cloud to Red Hat OpenStack Platform, a highly scalable, production-ready Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution, and Red Hat Ceph Storage, an open, massively scalable, software-defined storage solution.

Proofpoint acquires Cloudmark for $110 million

Proofpoint, a cybersecurity company based in Sunnyvale, California, agreed to acquire Cloudmark, which specializes in messaging security and threat intelligence for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and mobile carriers worldwide. The price is $110 million in cash.

Cloudmark correlates email threat telemetry data into its Global Threat Network, including intelligence derived from malware campaigns and targeted attacks like spear phishing and business email compromise (BEC).

Proofpoint plans to integrate the Cloudmark Global Threat Network into its Nexus platform, which powers Proofpoint’s product effectiveness across the portfolio covering email, social media, mobile and SaaS products.

“We are excited to welcome Cloudmark’s ISP and mobile carrier customers to Proofpoint,” said Gary Steele, Chief Executive Officer of Proofpoint. “By combining the threat intelligence from Cloudmark with the Proofpoint Nexus platform, we can better protect all of our customers – both enterprises and ISPs – from today’s rapidly evolving threats.”

Orange and Red Hat collaborate on network virtualization

Red Hat is collaborating with Orange on open source community projects to accelerate technology innovation in network virtualization. The joint engineering program aims to deliver additional features supporting NFV into OpenStack and other open source communities.

The collaboration recently led to the integration of the OpenStack BGP VPN project and its reference implementation (BaGPipe). This would let telecom operators mutually interconnect Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or NFV datacenters and businesses, using industry-standard routing technologies.

In addition, Orange is using Red Hat OpenStack Platform for its network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) deployments as part of its network transformation strategy.

Radisys' Q3 revenue dips to $29m

Radisys reported Q3 consolidated revenue of $28.8 million, above the midpoint of the company’s prior guidance range of $26 to $30 million, and down from $55 million for the same period last year.

GAAP loss per share was $0.39, and non-GAAP loss per share was $0.28. Included in both GAAP and non-GAAP loss per share was an expected inventory charge of approximately $7.0 million associated largely with legacy embedded products, which increased the loss by $0.18 per share;

“Our third quarter results were in-line with the expectations we outlined in early August, with both revenue and operating results being at or above the midpoint of our expectations,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and Chief Executive Officer. “Importantly, we made tangible progress in the third quarter towards converting proof-of-concepts into commercial wins as evidenced by the two new MediaEngine VoLTE wins as well as our first commercial award for deployment of our new FlowEngine appliance, the TDE-2000. Further, within MobilityEngine we continue to advance forward towards trials with two Tier 1 service providers tied to initial CORD deployments.

“As we navigate limited visibility for sizable DCEngine commercial orders, we are implementing a revised go-to-market strategy that will allow us to refine our cost structure while ensuring our ability to support our ongoing engagements with prospective customers. Importantly, outside of DCEngine the new wins we secured during the third quarter demonstrate tangible evidence of our ability to commercialize the pipeline of engagements across our Software-Systems offerings. Acknowledging the timing of incremental commercial wins is difficult to predict, our focus remains on advancing our funnel of prospective and existing customer opportunities, maximizing our cash resources, and taking the necessary actions to return the Company to non-GAAP profitability and positive operating cash flow.”

Some highlights:

  • awarded first commercial win for FlowEngine TDE-2000 with a strategic channel partner for initial deployment with a European service provider beginning in the fourth quarter;
  • secured two new Tier 1 service provider wins in the U.S. and India through channel partners for multi-year VoLTE deployments; and
  • Closed agreement with global contract manufacturer to streamline supply chain and drive meaningful cost synergies beginning in 2018.
  • Software-Systems revenue was $11.3 million, compared to $11.5 million in the prior quarter and $10.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. The sequential decline was the result of timing of professional services programs, which we expect to benefit from in the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Hardware Solutions revenue was $17.5 million, compared to $23.6 million in the prior quarter and $45.0 million in the third quarter of 2016. The sequential decline reflects an expected discontinuance in new DCEngine orders from the Company’s tier one U.S. customer.

Private equity firm acquires AVST, a developer of Unified Communications software

StoneCalibre, a privately funded investment firm based in Los Angeles, has acquired Applied Voice & Speech Technologies (AVST), a developer of software-based Unified Communications (UC) solutions for businesses.

AVST has now been merged with XMedius Solutions Inc. The new company, which will have its headquarters in Montreal, will focus on communication tools that leverage voice and data through IP networks using different types of enterprise-grade solutions, either on-premises or in the cloud. AVST designs, delivers and supports software-based UC voice solutions. XMedius provides secure file exchange software solutions. Together, AVST and XMedius have over 500 partners and nearly 4,500 active customers worldwide.

"We are extremely pleased to announce this compelling transaction, as it brings together two highly complementary companies as part of the StoneCalibre family", said Brian Wall, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of StoneCalibre. "Both have long track records of innovation and commitment to helping their customers build cutting-edge solutions for today's business environments. And, while AVST focuses on improving the productivity of its customers' communications, XMedius enables those communications to be secure."

Monday, November 6, 2017

Broadcom bids $130 billion to acquire Qualcomm

In what could become the largest tech merger to date, Broadcom announced a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for $70.00 per share in cash and stock, making the offer worth $130 billion in total, a 28% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on November 2, 2017

Broadcom cites the following benefits of a merged company:

  • Creates a Leading Diversified Communications Semiconductor Company: Qualcomm's cellular business is highly complementary to Broadcom's portfolio, and the combination will create a strong, global company with an impressive portfolio of technologies and products.
  • Accelerates Innovation to Deliver More Advanced Semiconductor Solutions to Global Customers: As a result of enhanced scale, reach and financial flexibility, the combined company will benefit from the ability to accelerate innovation and deliver more advanced semiconductor solutions to its broad global customer base.
  • Compelling Financial Benefits: The combined company will have an enhanced financial profile, benefiting from Broadcom's proven operating model with industry-leading margins. The combined Broadcom and Qualcomm, including NXP, will have pro forma fiscal 2017 revenues of approximately $51 billion and pro forma 2017 EBITDA of approximately $23 billion, including synergies. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Broadcom's Non-GAAP EPS in the first full year after close.

"Broadcom's proposal is compelling for stockholders and stakeholders in both companies. Our proposal provides Qualcomm stockholders with a substantial and immediate premium in cash for their shares, as well as the opportunity to participate in the upside potential of the combined company," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom. "This complementary transaction will position the combined company as a global communications leader with an impressive portfolio of technologies and products. We would not make this offer if we were not confident that our common global customers would embrace the proposed combination. With greater scale and broader product diversification, the combined company will be positioned to deliver more advanced semiconductor solutions for our global customers and drive enhanced stockholder value."

Some other notes about the offer:

  1. Hock Tan, Broadcom's CEO, discussed a merger with Qualcomm's CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, as early as August 2016. Broadcom's stock has appreciated 55% since that time.
  2. The offer stands whether or not Qualcomm consummates its acquisition of NXP
  3. Broadcom is confident it will be able to arrange the necessary debt financing for the deal
  4. Broadcom is confident it will receive all necessary regulatory approvals.


Qualcomm to Acquire NXP -- Engines for the Connected World

Qualcomm agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of NXP for $110.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $47 billion. The deal will be financed through cash on hand and $11 billion in new debt. The companies expect total annualized synergies of $500 million within two years of close.

NXP Semiconductors N.V., which headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands, employs approximately 45,000 people in more than 35 countries and is known for its mixed-signal semiconductor electronics. The company was known as Philips Semiconductor prior to 2006.

Key markets include automotive, broad-based microcontrollers, secure identification, network processing and RF power. NXP has a broad customer base, serving more than 25,000 customers through its direct sales channel and global network of distribution channel partners.

For Q3 2016, NXP reported revenue of $2.469 billion, up 4.4% over a year ago, and GAAP gross profit of $1.184 billion, up 7.7% over a year ago.

The combined company is expected to have annual revenues of more than $30 billion, serviceable addressable markets of $138 billion in 2020 and leadership positions across mobile, automotive, IoT, security, RF and networking.

"With innovation and invention at our core, Qualcomm has played a critical role in driving the evolution of the mobile industry. The NXP acquisition accelerates our strategy to extend our leading mobile technology into robust new opportunities, where we will be well positioned to lead by delivering integrated semiconductor solutions at scale," said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. "By joining Qualcomm's leading SoC capabilities and technology roadmap with NXP's leading industry sales channels and positions in automotive, security and IoT, we will be even better positioned to empower customers and consumers to realize all the benefits of the intelligently connected world."

Qualcomm also noted that the acquisition is a tax efficient use of its offshore cash.

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AWS launches its next-gen compute optimized instances

Amazon Web Services announced the availability of C5 instances, its next generation of compute-optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances. The new C5s are aimed at compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding.

The C5 instances also introduce a number of unique features:

  • networking is provided through an Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), a scalable network interface built by AWS to provide direct access to its networking hardware. 
  • additional dedicated hardware and network bandwidth for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) enables C5 instances to offer high-performance storage through the scalable NVM Express (NVMe) interface. 
  • a new, lightweight hypervisor allows applications to use practically all of the compute and memory resources of a server, delivering reduced cost and even better performance. 

AWS is offering C5 instances in six sizes—with the four smallest instance sizes offering substantially more Amazon EBS and network bandwidth than the previous generation of compute-optimized instances.

Intel partners with AMD on Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge for GPUs

Intel announced a partnership with AMD to tie together its high-performance processors with discrete graphics processors using the Intel Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology along with a new power-sharing framework.
The goal is to reduce the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of standard discrete components on a motherboard.

The first implementation matches the new 8th Gen Intel Core Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group – all in a single processor package.

“Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics,” said Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager, AMD Radeon Technologies Group. “Together we are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner-and-lighter PC capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications. This new semi-custom GPU puts the performance and capabilities of Radeon graphics into the hands of an expanded set of enthusiasts who want the best visual experience possible.”

Seaborn and IOX Cable plot subsea route between U.S. and India via South Atlantic

Seaborn Networks and IOX Cable Ltd unveiled plans for the first next-generation subsea fiber optic route between the U.S and India that will interconnect in South Africa and Brazil.

This unique route via the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans will connect the U.S. with three BRICS countries and Mauritius, providing fewer hops through fewer countries than existing alternative routes.

Seaborn recently activated its Seabras-1 direct subsea system between New York and São Paulo. It is planning a new direct subsea system between Brazil - Argentina (RFS Q4 2018); and SABR, a new subsea system between Cape Town, South Africa and Seabras-1 (RFS 2019). 

IOX is the developer of the IOX Cable System ("IOX System"), the first next-generation subsea network interconnecting South Africa, Mauritius and India (RFS 2019). IOX have commenced work for the cable route survey, and once completed will provide a direct route between South Africa and India via Mauritius.  Seaborn's SABR and the IOX System will interconnect in South Africa.

The Seabras-1 + SABR + IOX System route will be available exclusively through Seaborn and IOX.

"We are extremely pleased to work with IOX to provide this unique and highly secure route," said Larry Schwartz, Chairman & CEO of Seaborn. "This alliance will reshape the global communications landscape for the Southern Hemisphere."


Stonepeak to acquire majority stake in euNetworks

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm based in New York, will acquire a majority interest in euNetworks. Existing euNetworks investors, including Columbia Capital and Greenspring Associates, will continue to hold a material interest in the company. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Under the deal, Stonepeak will also provide euNetworks with up to $500 million of committed growth capital for both organic and inorganic development.

Brady Rafuse will remain the Chief Executive Officer of the company and the existing euNetworks investors will continue to hold a material interest in the company’s new capital structure.

euNetworks owns and operates dense fibre-based metropolitan networks in 14 cites, connected by an intercity backbone covering 49 cities in 15 countries. These networks directly connect into over 300 data centres and more than 1,300 further cell towers, cable landing stations and enterprise buildings.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners currently manages approximately $11.3 billion of capital for its investors.

“I am thrilled that Stonepeak is becoming an investor in euNetworks,” said Brady Rafuse, Chief Executive Officer of euNetworks. “This agreement offers Stonepeak the platform to enter the bandwidth market, and it provides euNetworks with a fantastic opportunity to accelerate growth and deliver more for our customers. We have demonstrated our ability to remain focused on what we do well, while investing in and developing our network footprint. But we’ve seen the nature of the opportunity continue to grow exponentially and see Stonepeak as the right partner for the next phase of our growth. We are genuinely excited at what this transaction and partnership offers our customers, our people and our existing investors.”