Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fujitsu develops high power Gallium-Nitride transistors

Fujitsu Labs has developed a crystal structure that both increases current and voltage in gallium-nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMT). The innovation effectively triples the output power of transistors used for transmitters in the microwave band.

Potential applications could include weather radar and 5G systems.

Fujitsu said GaN high electron mobility transistors can extend the outreach of microwaves from the microwave and millimeter-wave bands used for radar and wireless communications.

This research was partially supported by Innovative Science and Technology Initiative for Security, established by the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) of the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2017/1207-01.html


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Amazon Aurora Serverless offers auto-scaling, per-minute pricing

AWS introduced a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns.

Amazon Aurora Serverless is a MySQL-compatible database built for the cloud.  AWS said it is best suited for applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns. Customers will not need to manage the database servers.

“More and more customers are moving production applications and databases from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora because it's a highly available, highly durable, built-for-the-cloud database at one tenth the cost of the older guard database offerings," said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services. “

Beta customers included NTT DOCOMO, Cognizant, Pagely, CB Insights, California Polytechnic State University, Currencycloud, and CourseStorm.

https://aws.amazon.com/aurora/serverless

Cox Business acquires Rapidscale for managed cloud offerings

Cox Business has acquired RapidScale, a leading managed and hybrid managed cloud services provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition combines Cox Business' transport and connectivity services with RapidScale's managed and hybrid managed cloud offerings.

RapidScale, which is based in Irvine, California, offers a range of cloud services, including CloudServer, CloudDesktop, CloudOffice, CloudMail, CloudRecovery, CloudApp, and SD-WAN. The company was established in 2010 and is headed by co-founder Randy Jeter.

Cox Business, which generates more than $2 billion in annual revenue., said its newly strengthened connected cloud platform will help businesses improve productivity and reduce IT expenditures.

"Businesses today need a true technology partner to deliver innovation that helps them transform operations, better engage with customers and remain competitive," said Steve Rowley, executive vice president, Cox Business. "Adding RapidScale to the Cox family, grows our business in a strategic manner by improving our cloud platform and enhances our value to business customers, regardless of size or vertical market."

"Joining Cox is an opportunity to continue to innovate and expand our existing products meet businesses IT needs both today and, in the future," said Randy Jeter, co-founder and chief executive officer, RapidScale. "Cox and RapidScale share a commitment to delivering leading technologies with second-to-none customer service."

Zayo activates Los Angeles to Dallas LH route

Zayo completed a long haul dark fiber route between Los Angeles and Dallas. The route complements Zayo’s existing long haul network, enabling diverse connectivity between major West Coast data center markets to Dallas, one of the largest data center and interconnection markets in the U.S.

Zayo plans to activate 100G wavelength service later this month, along with its full range of high-performance connectivity solutions. Zayo secured an anchor tenant and began development of the 2,000-mile route in 2015, which included upgrades and new construction. Since construction began, Zayo has secured multiple additional dark fiber and wavelengths anchor tenants on the route, supporting return on investment for the strategic project.

“Zayo is committed to success-based investments in our network, and this expansion will help meet the high-bandwidth demands across many industries,” said Jack Waters, CTO and president of Fiber Solutions at Zayo. “We continue to collaborate with key customers and construct critical strategic routes to ensure the availability of high-performance fiber and infrastructure.”

Teledyne LeCroy's Protocol Analyzer adds PAM4 50G-400G Ethernet

Teledyne LeCroy introduced a trace capture and analysis solution for the 802.3cd and 802.3bs 50/100/200/400GE four-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM4) Ethernet specifications.

The new capability, which is available as a license for the company's SierraNet T328 protocol analyzer, enables higher data rates and enhanced reliability for future-generation data centers and cloud-based services.

Teledyne LeCroy notes that PAM4 signals are more susceptible to errors in noisy environments. To reduce the error rate, systems negotiate transmission parameters that maximize signal quality at the receiver. PAM4 Systems designers are demanding the link-layer analysis capabilities to ensure the negotiation among components is effective.

The SierraNet T328 can now help identify and reduce link-interoperability problems between major fabric components such as switches, routers, network interface adapters, servers, and Network Attached Storage (NAS).

"By providing real-time trace capture, decode, and analysis of the auto-negotiation and link-training functions, the SierraNet T328 has become the de facto standard for high-speed protocol analysis in development, debug, and test applications," stated David J. Rodgers, Ethernet and SAN Product Line Manager at Teledyne LeCroy.

Intel packs 32TB into its ruler SSD for data centers

Intel announced a 32 terabyte "ruler" SSD for data centers.

Instead of the traditional, 2.5" or 3.5" rectangular box for disk drives, Intel's ruler is a long, thin box designed to slide into a 1" server chassis, plugging in via a PCIe interface at the end of the ruler. The long, thin shape dissipates heats better than conventional designs.

The Intel SSD DC P4500 is built on Intel 3D NAND technology, which stacks memory cells atop each other 64 layers deep.

A prototype of the ruler SSD was first shown at last year's Flash Memory Summit.

Napatech supplies lawful intercept in central Europe

One of Central Europe's leading cybersecurity government agencies has selected Napatech's FPGA-based SmartNIC software and hardware to strengthen its national security posture within new lawful interception applications. 

Napatech said its reconfigurable computing platform was selected by the cyber agency and its IT services partner as the foundation for their next-generation lawful interception system. The solution provides lossless, line-rate networking performance from 1 to 100 Gbps, with high-precision nanosecond timestamping. Its open-system approach allows it to be deployed in standard server platforms, radically reducing system costs and making wide-scale deployments practical. Finally, the highly programmable nature of the FPGA-based SmartNICs ensures the platform can easily and quickly adapt to new applications that adversaries may exploit to evade surveillance.

Jarrod J. S. Siket, chief marketing officer of Napatech, said: "Government and enterprise IT organizations are deploying a wide range of software applications on standard server platforms. Our reconfigurable computing platform improves the performance of networking and security applications with the most challenging performance requirements."

Cohere selects RedShift for UC threat detection and fraud prevention

Cohere Communications, which offer IT support services including cyber protection and crisis management, is deploying RedShift Networks’ Unified Communication Threat Management (UCTM) solution to provide its customers with a comprehensive managed VoIP solution.  The rollout adds an additional layer of security to Cohere’s existing Unified Security Management (USM) Solution.

Cohere said its USM delivers a fully outsourced, end-to-end solution – enabling their customers to seamlessly secure critical systems and sensitive data.

Steven Francesco, Cohere Communications’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Secure voice communications is an essential part of our offering. Our partnership with RedShift Networks, a leader in the space, will further support our mission to provide customers with an all-encompassing Cyber framework – protecting their firm’s network from intruders and potentially catastrophic loss of information, services, and reputation.” Combining our USM Solution with RedShift Networks’ leading solutions, we are aiming to ensure that businesses can proactively respond to evolving threats and fully secure their most valuable assets – their customer and business data.”

“As more and more companies are attacked by damaging security threats such as Ransomware and service-impacting Botnets, it is clear that all companies – regardless of size – require a comprehensive security solution that protects their firm from the network to the core, said Steven Francesco, Chairman and CEO of Cohere Communications. “By joining forces with RedShift Networks, we are providing a comprehensive VoIP detection and response platform, supported by industry experts to ensure our customers are protected against current threats.”

Dropbox delivers Q2 sales of $339.2 million, up 27% yoy

Dropbox reported Q2 revenue of $339.2 million, an increase of 27% from the same period last year. GAAP gross margin was 73.6%, as compared to 65.4% in the same period last year. Non-GAAP gross margin was 74.5%, as compared to 66.7% in the same period last year. GAAP net loss was ($4.1) million, as compared to ($26.8) million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income was $48.0 million, as compared to $20.0 million in the same period last year.

  • Paying users totaled 11.9 million, as compared to 9.9 million for the same period last year. 
  • Average revenue per paying user was $116.66, as compared to $111.19 for the same period last year.
  • Dropbox also announced that Dennis Woodside, chief operating officer, is stepping down.

“We delivered another solid quarter of revenue growth in Q2, reflecting the strength of our unique business model,” said Dropbox Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Drew Houston. “We added over a dozen new product features to our user and admin experiences, and strengthened our infrastructure, all while driving a 30% free cash flow margin.

Horizons 3e preps for launch -- extending Intelsat's EpicNG

Horizons 3e, a next-gen satellite owned by a joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation of Japan, arrived at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will undergo final preparations before its scheduled launch on an Ariane 5 rocket on the 7th of September, 2018.

Horizons 3e was built by Boeing and is based on the Intelsat EpicNG design. Horizons 3e is the sixth of Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites and will complete Intelsat EpicNG’s global coverage. It is also the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite to feature entire Ku-band spot beams utilizing multiport amplifiers that optimize power across the satellite, and features the highest throughput of the entire Intelsat EpicNG fleet with full beam interconnectivity in two commercial bands.

http://www.intelsat.com/global-network/satellites/epicng/


Talari's SD-WAN gains recommended rating from NSS Labs

Talari Networks received a “Recommended” Rating from NSS Labs in its first-ever Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Group Test.

In its inaugural SD-WAN test, NSS Labs evaluated nine of the industry’s leading SD-WAN products were examined to help enterprises understand the merits of products in the market and identify the capabilities best suited to meet their use case requirements. The tests covered key areas of differentiation for SD-WAN products on Quality of Experience (QoE) for VoIP, QoE for video, and network performance.

Talari says its Failsafe SD-WAN technology delivers MPLS-class high availability and QoE for enterprise WANs using Internet connections to augment and/or replace their low bandwidth, expensive MPLS circuits.

"While the SD-WAN market is growing quickly, it has also gotten muddled by the sheer number of vendors claiming to have a high-quality enterprise solution." said Talari CEO Patrick Sweeney. "The NSS Labs SD-WAN Group Test provides greater clarity by giving hard core technical answers on which vendors meet the needs of enterprises, versus other SD-WAN products that can’t pass, or will not submit to, independent testing."



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Samsung Heavy Industries picks AWS to develop autonomous shipping

Samsung Heavy Industries selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider.

Samsung Heavy Industries is developing an autonomous smart shipping system to enable the self-piloting of large container ships, LNG carriers, and floating production systems. The company will use the breadth of AWS’s services, including machine learning, augmented reality and virtual reality, analytics, databases, compute, and storage to develop this platform. This includes Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Simple Storage Solution (Amazon S3), AWS Key Management Service (KMS), and AWS CloudTrail to create integrated systems for all vessel-related data collected from land to sea.

“We’re digitizing our shipping fleet by using the most advanced technologies in the world to enhance our approaches to shipbuilding, operations, and delivery, and chose AWS as our preferred cloud provider to help us quickly transform Samsung Heavy Industries’ into a cloud-first maritime business,” said Dongyeon Lee, Director of Ship & Offshore Performance Research Center at Samsung Heavy Industries. “By leveraging AWS, we’ve successfully released several smart shipping systems so that our customers can manage their ships and fleets more efficiently, and we continue to test new capabilities for ocean-bound vessel navigation and automation. AWS delivers a highly flexible environment, with the broadest and deepest portfolio of cloud services, that is ideal for accelerating research and development across the company, and it has enabled our developers and data scientists to bring new ideas to market at an unprecedented pace.”

Equinix now has an 82% utilization rate across its global data centers

Equinix reported quarterly revenue of $1.262 billion, up 18% year-over-year or up 9% yoy on a normalized and constant currency basis. Net income amounted to $68 million and adjusted EBITDA was $604 million, with a 48% adjusted EBITDA margin.

Peter Van Camp, Executive Chairman and Interim CEO and President, Equinix: “Equinix delivered another strong quarter with record bookings across all three regions and virtually all key operating metrics showing solid momentum in our go-to-market engine and interconnection strategy. Our unique global platform of 200 data centers, and the customer ecosystems within them, remain at the heart of our strategy, as evidenced by strong cross-regional sales and healthy interconnection activity in Q2."

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Interconnection revenue continued to outpace colocation revenue, reflecting the rapid adoption of hybrid, multicloud as the preferred IT deployment model
  • Cross connects between customers increased to more than 288,000
  • The Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric platform now serves more than 1,200 customers. 
  • Completed expansions in the Amsterdam, Denver and London metros
  • Achieved a utilization rate of 82% across the platform
  • There is an active pipeline of 32 expansion projects currently underway, including a partnership with Omantel
  • Key customer wins and expansions included China Mobile, Lithia Motors and Tencent
  • Customer deployments across multiple metros increased to 85% of total recurring revenue.

Huawei demos CUSP interface protocol for Cloud-based BNG

Huawei is showing off Control Plane and User Plane Separated Protocol (CUSP), an interface protocol for cloud-based Broadband Network Gateways (BNGs).

CUSP defines protocol requirements for information delivery, reliability, and security mechanisms needed for communication between the control and user planes in cloud-based BNG architecture with separated control and user planes.

The company provided a demonstration of CUSP at an IETF Hackathon in Montreal, Canada. Two two CUSP scenarios were demonstrated. Connection to the network environment, provided by a Huawei remote lab, allows programming to be performed on the interfaces between the control and user planes of the cloud-based BNG with CU separated architecture, all in accordance with a CUSP draft. As a result, the control plane can control the user plane, with board information, interface status, and user login information on the user plane queried through the control plane.

In the second scenario, the control plane can allocate different IP address segments to forwarding devices through CUSP, thereby implementing centralized management and control over address resources, effectively improving resource utilization.

Huawei and China Mobile have submitted CUSP to the IETF for consideration as a standard.

Deutsche Telekom posts 1.3% growth, raises guidance

For the second quarter of 2018, Deutsche Telekom reported net revenue rose 1.3 percent year-on-year in organic terms, reaching 18.4 billion euros. Adjusted EBITDA rose 3.9 percent in organic terms to 5.9 billion euros. Adjusting for currency variation, revenue was down slightly, by 2.8 percent, while reported adjusted EBITDA was down 0.3 percent.

Citing the positive financial outlook for its U.S. subsidiary, Deutsche Telekom revised upward its full-year guidance for adjusted EBITDA for the second time this financial year.



Some highlights

Germany
  • Mobile service revenues rose 2.9 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, reaching 1.7 billion euros. 
  • 45 percent of mobile contract customers (consumers) under the Telekom brand name already use a product bundle from the MagentaEINS portfolio, compared with 38 percent a year earlier. 
  • At the end of the second quarter, there were 3.9 million MagentaEINS customers, about half a million more than in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Over the last twelve months, Telekom has put 1,000 new mobile sites into operation in order to close remaining gaps in coverage. 
  • 74 percent of households in Germany with a fixed line now have access to fiber-optic-based products (FTTH, VDSL/vectoring), compared with 67 percent a year ago.
  • With 624,000 additional customers opting for fiber-optic-based products, and the overall number rising to almost 11 million, the success of this strategy was once again evident. 
  • Deutsche Telekom added another 80,000 customers overall in the broadband market.
  • In the second quarter of 2018, the Germany operating segment posted a year-on-year increase of 1.9 percent in adjusted EBITDA to 2.1 billion euros. One factor in this growth was a reduced cost base, which fell 2.1 percent to 3.3 billion euros. Revenue decreased slightly, declining 0.9 percent to 5.3 billion euros.
United States
  • T-Mobile US second-quarter service revenues rose 6.1 percent year-on-year to reach 7.8 billion U.S. dollars. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 5.1 percent to 3.0 billion U.S. dollars.
  • The number of branded postpaid customers rose by more than one million in the second quarter. 
  • Overall, T-Mobile US reported 1.6 million new customers in the second quarter – its 21st consecutive quarter of million-plus growth. As of June 30, the customer base was 75.6 million.
Europe
  • Revenue in the Europe operating segment rose 1.3 percent to 2.9 billion euros. 
  • There was a year-on-year increase of 1.8 percent in mobile service revenues.
  • Magyar Telekom (Hungary) delivered the strongest growth in mobile business. 
  • The upward trend in new mobile contract customers (plus 336,000) and new broadband customers (plus 73,000) continued to hold in the second quarter. 
  • The number of customers opting for these convergent products rose 48.3 percent to 2.7 million. 
Systems Solutions
  • Systems Solutions’ total revenue decreased 0.8 percent to 1.7 billion euros. The decline in earnings indicators was accentuated by capital expenditure in areas promising future growth, with adjusted EBITDA falling 11 percent to 121 million euros compared with the prior-year quarter. T-Systems is thus on track for the full-year guidance for 2018.
  • At the end of June, T-Systems launched a transformation program under the motto Investing while Saving to get the company back on the path to growth. 

Lumentum delivers strong quarterly sales of $301.1 million

Lumentum reported net revenue of $301.1 million for its fiscal fourth quarter 2018, ended 30-June-2018, with GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $25.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share. Net revenue for fiscal third quarter 2018 was $298.8 million, with GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $2.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share. Net revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter 2017 was $222.7 million, with GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $(55.2) million, or $(0.90) per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal fourth quarter 2018 was $61.6 million, or $0.95 per diluted share.

Net revenue for fiscal year 2018 was $1,247.7 million, with GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $241.5 million, or $3.82 per diluted share. Net revenue for fiscal year 2017 was $1,001.6 million, with GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $(103.4) million, or $(1.71) per diluted share.

"Record revenues in TrueFlex® ROADMs, commercial lasers, and industrial pump lasers drove strong fourth quarter results, capping off a record fiscal 2018 that saw 25% year over year growth and 19.7% operating margins," said Alan Lowe, President and CEO, "Our strategy of investing in differentiated products addressing multiple growing end-markets critically dependent on photonics drove our strong fiscal 2018 results and positions us well for the future."

CenturyLink posts lower Q2 revenue, higher earnings as integration progresses

CenturyLink reported revenue of $5.90 billion for the second quarter 2018, compared to $6.04 billion for the second quarter 2017 on a pro forma basis. Diluted earnings per share was $0.27 for the second quarter 2018, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.06 for the second quarter 2017.

Total revenues declined 2.1%
Business revenues declined 1.6%
Consumers revenues declined 4.0%
The total number of consumer broadband customers was 4,906,000

"Our continued progress on integration efforts contributed to a solid quarter, with strong growth in Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow," said Jeff Storey, president and CEO of CenturyLink. "Across the company, we are focused on profitable growth and providing a better experience for our customers and employees."

AT&T and Telefónica win bids in Mexico's spectrum auction

AT&T was the largest winning bidder of licenses in Mexico's auction of 2500-2690 MHz spectrum. In total, AT&T will pay MX$1,400,101,288 (US$75.881 million)  in both FDD and TDD for the 20-year license. Telef√≥nica will pay roughly half as much.

With this auction now complete, Mexico's major spectrum holders are as follows


http://www.ift.org.mx/

Western Digital outlines OpenFlex architecture data center storage

Western Digital introduced its "OpenFlex" architecture for high-scale private and public cloud data centers.

WD's OpenFlex is a set of open standards, architecture and products that leverage industry-standard NVMf technology and the concept of software composable infrastructure (SCI). The idea is to create independently scalable pools of flash and disk that can be connected to computing resources via common networking technologies, such as Ethernet.

The elements of WD's vision include:

  • A "Kingfish" open API for orchestrating and managing SCI
  • Open product mechanical specifications to enable vendor neutral solutions
  • OpenFlex architecture and initial partner ecosystem
  • OpenFlex product line of flash and disk NVMe-over-Fabric (NVMf) devices

"Data centers need a more efficient approach to satisfying the needs of complex and dynamic applications and data workflows,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager of Data Center Systems at Western Digital. “To ensure flexibility, data center operators also need open solutions that enable them to select from best-in-class, vendor neutral options. Western Digital’s OpenFlex architecture and products, and our commitment to the open community help satisfy these needs, while delivering significant improvements in cost and agility. We’re building on our proven leadership in disk, flash and NVMe storage products to deliver the future of data infrastructure.”


LF Deep Learning Foundation builds membership

The LF Deep Learning Foundation, whose mission is to support and sustain open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning, announced five new members: Ciena, DiDi, Intel, Orange and Red Hat.

These companies join founding members Amdocs, AT&T, B.Yond, Baidu, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent, Univa and ZTE.

“We are very pleased to build off the launch momentum of the LF Deep Learning Foundation and welcome new members with vast resources and technical expertise to support our growing community and ecosystem of AI projects,” said Lisbeth McNabb, Chief Operating Officer of The Linux Foundation.

Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology and Systems at AT&T, has also been elected to the role of Governing Board Chair of LF Deep Learning. This position leads the board in supporting various AI and ML open source projects, including infrastructure and support initiatives related to each project.

“The Deep Learning Foundation is a significant achievement by the open source community to drive harmonization among tools and platforms in deep learning and artificial intelligence,” said Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology and Systems at AT&T. “This effort will enable an open marketplace of analytics and machine learning capabilities to help expedite adoption and deployments of DL solutions worldwide.”

https://www.deeplearningfoundation.org