Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Factorial Energy emerges from stealth with solid-state battery for EVs

Factorial Energy, a start-up based in Woburn, Massachusetts, emerged from stealth to announce its plans for a 40 Amp-hour solid-state battery cell for electric vehicles (EVs) and other applications. 

The Factorial Electrolyte System Technology (FEST™) is a proprietary solid electrolyte material said to be safer than conventional lithium-ion technology, replacing the combustible liquid electrolyte with a safer, more stable solid-state electrolyte that suppresses lithium dendrite formation on lithium-metal anodes. Product specifics and timelines were not disclosed.

Factorial Energy is naming Joe Taylor as Executive Chairman. Taylor, the former Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America, played a key role in the development of the Tesla-Panasonic relationship, which resulted in Panasonic investing in the Tesla Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada. In addition, the former Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz, Dieter Zetsche, is also joining the company's advisory board.

https://factorialenergy.com/


Opsera raises $15 million for its DevOps orchestration

Opsera, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $15 million in Series A funding for its orchestration platform for DevOps. 

Opsera said its self-service, no-code DevOps orchestration platform helps engineers to provision or integrate their CI/CD tools of choice from a common architectural framework. This enables them tobuild declarative pipelines for a variety of use cases including SDLC (software delivery lifecycle), IaC (infrastructure as code) and SaaS application releases e.g. Salesforce, Workday, etc. Opsera simplifies the set-up, use, and management of commercial and open-source tools across the DevOps ecosystem, and correlates and unifies data to provide contextualized diagnostics, metrics and actionable insights. 

The funding round was led by Felicis Ventures. Existing investors Clear Ventures, Trinity Ventures and Firebolt Ventures, and new investor HMG Ventures, also participated. The company has raised $19.3 million since it was founded in 2020. 

http://opsera.io


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

NTT and Fujitsu focus on silicon photonics manufacturing

 NTT Corporation (NTT) and Fujitsu Limited announced a strategic alliance focused on innovations for the “Realization of a Sustainable Digital Society,” including the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) initiative.

A key focus is on establishing photonics-electronics convergence manufacturing technology. Key points:

  • NTT Electronics Corporation (NEL), which develops hardware products utilizing NTT R&D’ s advanced device technologies, will acquire a 66.6% stake in Fujitsu Advanced Technologies Limited (FATEC), which possesses semiconductor mounting technology. The business will be renamed NTT Electronics Cross Technologies Corporation, and commence operations on June 1, 2021.
  • By the end of fiscal year 2022, the new company will start to provide compact, power-saving optical communication co-packages (2) that integrate digital coherent optical communications LSIs and COSA (Coherent Optical Sub Assembly) (3) based on silicon photonics technology. 
  • The new company plans introduce a new architecture for applying ultra-high-speed, compact, and low-cost photonics-electronics convergence devices on mobile communication products, as well as a wide range of other ICT products, starting with Fujitsu’s 5G base stations. 

NTT and Fujitsu also agreed to promote open optical transport and mobile communications. Specifically, the companies are promoting an open whitebox solutions running general-purpose software that can be supported in multiple vendor environments.

In the field of optical transport communications, Fujitsu and NTT will work together to plan new optical devices based on an open architecture, build system products developed by Fujitsu, and control supply chain management. The two partners aim to expand the business globally with a strategic entry into the data center interconnect market, where demand is expected to grow and the adoption of open architectures is accelerating.

In the mobile communications field, the two companies will study the development and promotion of open interface-based technologies, as well as the development of global businesses based on the results of these activities. The first step is to develop technologies that can be established globally with a variety of partners through avenues including the "5G Open RAN Ecosystem" launched by NTT DOCOMO. For example, the two companies will work on measures to improve performance, which remains a challenge for expanding the adoption of virtualized radio access network (vRAN) and develop control technologies to optimize radio access networks. NTT will use these technologies to further enhance mobile network infrastructure in preparation for full-scale 5G deployment. Technology developed through the collaboration will be used by telecommunications carriers on a global basis through the "5G Open RAN Ecosystem" initiative and other means.

NTT and Fujitsu will work to develop innovative computing technologies by combining the photonics-electronics convergence technology being researched and developed by NTT with technologies developed by Fujitsu for the supercomputer "Fugaku". By leveraging this technology, the partners will be able to securely link a wide variety of real-world data, efficiently and quickly realize services that create value for diverse stakeholders, while simultaneously contributing to a more sustainable future by maximizing energy efficiency.

Fujitsu has established an "IOWN/6G Platform Development Office" with the aim of developing technologies for the IOWN initiative and the 6G era. 

https://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2021/0426-01.html

Innovative Optical and Wireless Network Global Forum builds membership

The Innovative Optical and Wireless Network Global Forum (IOWN GF) announced 20 new member companies and successfully held its first all member online meeting with over 300 participants from September 14-18, 2020.IOWN GF’s objective is to accelerate innovation and adoption of a new communication infrastructure to meet our future data and computing requirements through the development of new technologies, frameworks, specifications and reference design...

NTT charts a roadmap to the future IOWN All-Photonics Network

NTT outlined a technology roadmap for its Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) vision, which was first announced in May 2019. IOWN has three technical elements: All Photonics Network, Digital Twin Computing, and Cognitive Foundation. The roadmap calls for four technical directions: (1) Full-Stack Communication Acceleration (Layer 4/Layer 3 Acceleration: CY2021, Technology for massive optical/wireless capacity: CY2023) In order to...


NTT launches 400 Gbps service

 NTT West and NTT East are now offering a 400 Gbps "High-speed Broadband Access Service" intended for data center connection and transmission / reception of big data sets, including video. 

The service provides high-speed, large-capacity bandwidth-guaranteed Ethernet communication by limiting communication between two "Point to Point" bases specified by the customer (limited to communication within the same prefecture). 


https://www.ntt-west.co.jp/news/2104/210412a.html

VMware Telco Cloud aims for O-RAN

VMware is extending its Telco Cloud Platform from the core to now virtualize radio access network (RAN) functions based on an open RAN architecture.

VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN lets network operators deploy and  run virtualized network functions (VNFs) and containerized network functions (CNFs) with support for Intel FlexRAN software reference architecture.

The platform consists of:

  • VMware vSphere ESXi. Optimized for the deployment and management of virtualized and containerized RAN functions.
  • VMware Tanzu for Telco. Takes VMware’s standards-compliant distribution of Kubernetes for container orchestration and enhances it with telco features. This delivers the scalability, performance, and availability that CSPs need in service.
  • VMware Telco Cloud Automation. A cloud-first, vendor neutral way to orchestrate infrastructure, containers as a service (CaaS), and telco network functions and services. It also automates their management across any network and any cloud.

“5G is fueling rapid transition to virtualization and cloud-native technologies, and communications service providers are seeking network infrastructure solutions to help them quickly and efficiently get to market as well as capture the enormous opportunities in front of them,” said Dan Rodriguez, corporate vice president and general manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel. “Our collaboration with VMware in this area began more than a year ago and bringing it to fruition with the VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN will help our mutual customers achieve greater agility as they evolve their RAN to deliver new 5G and edge services.”

“A modern, open, and disaggregated RAN offers CSPs the single best opportunity to rapidly monetize 5G services,” said Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware. “New 5G services rely on CSPs to be able to host apps at the edge, close to end customers. A virtualized and open RAN allows CSPs to deliver these new edge services to customers directly from RAN sites. With Telco Cloud Platform RAN, we accelerate the disaggregation of the proprietary RAN and enable CSPs to modernize their RAN so they can monetize the 5G services they deliver across their network.”

“Our entire 5G network will be cloud-native, and we will leverage the VMware Telco Cloud Platform to adopt an O-RAN architecture for all RAN sites,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president and chief network officer, DISH. “We are working with the best hardware and software providers and VMware is helping us achieve this vision. We believe this path will enable us to deliver amazing experiences and services to our customers faster and more efficiently.”

Additional partners cited by VMware include Altiostar, Mavenir, WWT, and Dell Technologies.

https://telco.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/microsites/telco/vmware-o-ran-whitepaper.pdf

Microsoft Azure racks up 50% yoy growth

 Microsoft reported revenue of $41.7 billion for the quarter ended 31-March-2021, up 19% yoy. Net income was $15.5 billion GAAP and $14.8 billion non-GAAP, representing an increase of 44% and 38%, respectively. Diluted earnings per share was $2.03 GAAP and $1.95 non-GAAP, an increase of 45% and 39%,respectively.

“Over a year into the pandemic, digital adoption curves aren’t slowing down. They’re accelerating, and it’s just the beginning,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We are building the cloud for the next decade, expanding our addressable market and innovating across every layer of the tech stack to help our customers be resilient and transform.”

“The Microsoft Cloud, with its end-to-end solutions, continues to provide compelling value to our customers generating $17.7 billion in commercial cloud revenue, up 33% year over year," said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $13.6 billion and increased 15% (up 12% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 14% (up 10% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 22% (up 19% in constant currency)
  • Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 5% (up 2% in constant currency) and Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers increased to 50.2 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 25% (up 23% in constant currency)
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 26% (up 22% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 45% (up 40% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $15.1 billion and increased 23% (up 20% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 26% (up 23% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 50% (up 46% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $13.0 billion and increased 19% (up 16% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue increased 10%
  • Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 10% (up 7% in constant currency)
  • Xbox content and services revenue increased 34% (up 32% in constant currency)
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 17% (up 14% in constant currency)
  • Surface revenue increased 12% (up 7% in constant currency)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/earnings/FY-21-Q3/press-release-webcast

Google Cloud hits revenue of $4 billion with a $1 billion operating loss

Citing elevated consumer activity online and broad based growth in advertiser revenue, Alphabet reported total revenues of $55.3 billion in the first quarter, up 34% yoy. Net income amounted to $17.930 billion for the quarter. 

Google Cloud revenue amounted to $4.047 billion, up from $2.777 billion a year ago. There was a $1 billion loss for the quarter. The company said it remains focused on revenue growth for Google Cloud. 

Google Cloud includes Google’s infrastructure and data analytics platforms, collaboration tools, and other services for enterprise customers. Google Cloud generates revenues primarily from fees received for Google Cloud Platform services and Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite) collaboration tools.


Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said: “Over the last year, people have turned to Google Search and many online services to stay informed, connected and entertained. We’ve continued our focus on delivering trusted services to help people around the world. Our Cloud services are helping businesses, big and small, accelerate their digital transformations."

https://abc.xyz/investor/

Juniper posts Q1 revenue of $1.074 billion, up 8% YoY

 Juniper Networks reported Q1 2021 net revenues of $1,074.4 million, an increase of 8% year-over-year and a decrease of 12% sequentially.GAAP net loss was $31.1 million, a decrease of 252% year-over-year and 201% sequentially, resulting in diluted loss per share of $0.10. Non-GAAP net income was $98.5 million, an increase of 28% year-over-year, and a decrease of 46% sequentially, resulting in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.30.

“We reported strong March quarter results. Revenue exceeded our expectations and we experienced better than expected product orders across each of our customer verticals,” said Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim. “Momentum is strong entering the June quarter and we are confident regarding our growth prospects. We believe the success we are seeing is a result of the deliberate actions we have taken to strengthen our product portfolio and go-to-market organization, both of which are enabling us to capitalize on attractive end-market opportunities now and in the future.”


Regarding its outlook, Juniper said the worldwide shortage of semiconductors is causing ongoing supply constraints which have resulted in extended lead times. The company believes that extended lead times will likely persist for the next few quarters, but that, at this point in time, it believes it will have access to sufficient semiconductor supply to meet its full-year financial forecast.

At the mid-point of guidance, revenue is expected to be up 5% year-over-year. Juniper expects to see sequential growth across our Cloud and Enterprise verticals while Service Provider is expected to remain approximately flat.

Additional highlights from Juniper:

  • Automated WAN Solutions increased 22% YOY, with both MX and PTX product families posting YOY growth. 
  •  While Cloud-ready Data Center (CRDC) declined 10% YOY due to the timing of deals, orders grew more than 30% YOY due to broad-based strength across cloud, enterprise and service provider customers; Apstra exceeded expectations. 
  •  AI-Driven Enterprise increased 12% versus last year, as Mist and EX product families grew YOY. Security revenue increased 11% YOY and orders exceeded expectations in the period. Strength was especially notable in the high-end of the market, although Juniper saw growth across all customer verticals and product families. 
  •  Software and related services revenue grew 7% YOY. Software orders were particularly strong in the quarter, rising more than 70% on a YOY basis due to broad based strength across verticals and use cases. The services team delivered another solid quarter and continued to grow on a YOY basis due to strong renewals and service attach rates. 
  •  Juniper’s Mist AI saw new logos nearly double in Q1 andas orders experienced another quarter of triple digit growth, with a record number of deals greater than $1M. Juniper’s “Mistified” business of Wireless LAN, Wired Access, Marvis Virtual Network Assistant and Associated EX pull through approximately doubled YOY and saw record EX pull through in Q1.  In addition to strength with large Fortune 500 customers, Juniper is experiencing continued strength in the channel and improved momentum with smaller commercial accounts, highlighting the value of its AI-driven enterprise offerings to customers of all sizes and across all verticals.

A10 Networks reported Q1 2021 revenue of $54.8 million, up 2.0% year-over-year. GAAP gross margin was 77.2% and non-GAAP gross margin was 78.9%. GAAP net income was $2.7 million, or $0.03 per share, compared with a net loss of $(297,000), or $(0.00) per share in the first quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net income was $9.4 million, or $0.12 per share compared with non-GAAP net income of $4.0 million, or $0.05 per share in the first quarter of 2020.


Deferred revenue was $113.2 million, up 11.8% year-over-year. Security solutions grew to 60% of revenue and increased 15.5% on TTM basis.

"We made significant progress in the first quarter against our stated goal of growing recurring revenue, and continued increasing security solutions revenue as a percent of total revenue,” said Dhrupad Trivedi, President and Chief Executive Officer of A10 Networks. “Our best-in-class security solutions are increasingly well-received by the market, and demand for network security solutions is growing. Software now represents more than 10% of our total revenue in the first quarter, compared to 6% for the full-year of 2020 and just 4% in 2019. Our stated goal was to grow recurring revenue faster than our consolidated revenue, giving us greater predictability into our quarterly revenues and enhancing the financial leverage we have built into our business model. As expected, we saw a decline in our Japan revenue related to the timing of the Olympics, but our strong book-to-bill performance in the quarter of 1.2:1 supports our full-year growth outlook for Japan. We were able to offset this temporary weakness with strong, improving performance in the Americas.”

ADVA intros outdoor PTP grandmaster clock for 5G fronthaul

ADVA introduced an ultra-compact outdoor PTP grandmaster clock with multi-band GNSS receiver and integrated antenna for delivering nanosecond precision needed for 5G fronthaul and other emerging time-sensitive applications. . 

ADVA says its new OSA 5405-MB synchronization device ensures timing accuracy by eliminating the impact of ionospheric delay variation. The multi-band GNSS receiver and integrated antenna enable the OSA 5405-MB to meet PRTC-B accuracy requirements (+/-40nsec) even in challenging conditions.  By receiving GNSS signals in two frequency bands and using the differences between them to calculate and compensate for delay variation, the OSA 5405-MB eliminates inaccuracy and ensures ultra-precise synchronization whatever the space weather conditions. It can also work with up to four concurrent GNSS constellations (GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS and BEIDOU), increasing the number of observable satellites in urban canyons.

“Our multi-band, multi-constellation GNSS receiver provides an extremely cost-efficient way to achieve PRTC-B UTC-traceable network timing with the levels of accuracy needed for next-generation use cases. By adding this technology to our versatile, small-form-factor OSA 5405 Series, we’re offering a route to precision synchronization at the network access without significant investment,” said Gil Biran, general manager, Oscilloquartz, ADVA. “A ruggedized design and minimal visibility make our OSA 5405-MB easy to install in almost any outdoor location. With the power to compensate for ionospheric delay variations and provide resilience against jamming and spoofing, our compact edge solution really is the key to 5G synchronization.”

http://www.adva.com

http://www.oscilloquartz.com

UK's Network Rail invites private investment in railway fibre

Network Rail, which manages most of the railway network in Great Britain, is seeking up to £1bn in private sector investment to pay for upgrades in its trackside fibre optic cable network.

Network Rail operates over 16,000 kilometres of data cables next to the railway. The cable infrastructure delivers data essential to running the railway such as signalling for trains, trackside sensors, CCTV, and internet for trains, railway depots and offices. The upgraded fibre would offer excess capacity that could be leveraged by a third party to run its own telecoms services.

Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said: “Our telecoms infrastructure requires an upgrade if we are to meet the growing connectivity needs of passengers and the railway itself – particularly to make sure our fibre capacity can handle more data, at greater speed, more reliably.

“This proposal makes good business sense for all parties. We get a cutting-edge, future-proof telecoms infrastructure; the investor gets a great business opportunity; train passengers in Britain get an improved service for years to come; and the taxpayer saves a significant amount of money.”

https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/

Monday, April 26, 2021

Stanford develops device for fine tuning the frequencies of individual photons

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new photonic architecture capable of fine-tuning the frequencies of each individual photon in a stream of light. Potential applications could include optical neural networks.

"The structure consists of a low-loss wire for light (the black line below) carrying a stream of photons that pass by like so many cars on a busy throughway. The photons then enter a series of rings (orange), like the off-ramps in a highway cloverleaf. Each ring has a modulator (EOM in green) that transforms the frequency of the passing photons – frequencies which our eyes see as color. There can be as many rings as necessary, and engineers can finely control the modulators to dial in the desired frequency transformation."


The research, which is led by Shanhui Fan, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, is published this month in Nature Communications.

https://news.stanford.edu/2021/04/23/fine-tuning-color-light/

Kaloom delivers UPF to Telenor’s multivendor 5G SA core

Telenor has assembled a multi-vendor, 5G core environment consisting of best of breed Network Functions from Oracle, Casa-Systems, Enea and Kaloom, all running on Red Hat's Openshift Kubernetes platform.

Kaloom, along with its partner MBUZZ Europe, confirmed that it has provided its 5G packet core User Plane Function (UPF) within Telenor’s larger ecosystem of integrated partner solutions in a unique cloud-native trial to gauge the readiness of cloud-native deployments.

Telenor recently demonstrated its Proof-of-Concept (PoC) trial with Kaloom’s UPF offering, as well as Telenor’s other partners’ web-scale, cloud-native technologies. With the eventual goal of commercializing a vendor neutral standalone 5G Core solution, the PoC demonstrated Telenor’s ability to on-board network functions provided by vendors such as Kaloom onto a microservices-based, containerized, vendor-neutral Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) architecture that features scalability, user-friendliness, resource efficiency and openness.


Kaloom’s 5G packet core User Plane Function (UPF) integrates with Red Hat OpenShift and provides a multi-tenant, high performance (multi-Tbps throughput capacity), low latency, cloud-native solution with embedded support for more secure 5G network slicing complemented by full automation capabilities to enable faster time to services and 10X TCO savings. 5G network slicing enables the creation of virtual data centers whereby an edge data center can be partitioned into multiple independent virtual data centers, where each virtual data center is provided its own virtual fabric. Each vFabric can be assigned to a different operator/customer, thus enabling multiple operators to share a common distributed cloud architecture. Tenant separation is flexible as separation is done at the hardware (port) level with full isolation offering better security and better quality of experience.

“This trial proves that a multi-vendor 5G Core is indeed possible on a vendor neutral platform. It is important to mention that we were positively surprised by the readiness of the involved partners for cloud native,” says Patrick Waldemar, Vice President, Telenor Research.

“As the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift is an ideal platform to run multi-vendor, interoperable functions as a single cloud platform. Our collaboration with Kaloom enables networking, including 5G-UPF services as a first-class citizen in a containerized world, thus reducing operational challenges and accelerating time to productivity,” said Darrell Jordan-Smith, senior vice president, Industries and Global Accounts, Red Hat.

https://www.kaloom.com/

Building a cloud-native, multivendor 5G SA mobile core

 Telenor is building a cloud-native, multivendor 5G Stand Alone (SA) core built on Red Hat OpenShift.

In this video, Hitendra Sonny Soni,  SVP Worldwide Sales & Marketing at Kaloom, talks about Telenor's proof-of-concept trial with Kaloom’s 5G packet core User Plane Function (UPF)  offering.





Video: It takes a Village to Build the Edge

The forces of cloud-native containerization are liberating today’s workloads, moving them closer to end-users. But delivering on the promise of the 5G edge will take a village, says Hitendra Sonny Soni, SVP Worldwide Sales, Kaloom. 

This 7-minute video shares key market drivers and requirements to build the edge. Kaloom, working in concert with Red Hat and Intel, offers a Unified Edge Solution.


https://youtu.be/kWMZFqlxwE4

Thoma Bravo to acquire Proofpoint for $12.3 billion

Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm focused on the software and technology-enabled services sector, agreed to acquire ProofPoint for $12.3 billion in cash.

Proofpoint (NASDAQ: PFPT), which is based in Sunnyvale, California, provides software as a service and products for inbound email security, outbound data loss prevention, social media, mobile devices, digital risk, email encryption, electronic discovery, and email archiving.

Under the deal, Proofpoint shareholders will receive $176.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 34 percent over Proofpoint’s closing share price on April 23, 2021, the last full trading day prior to the transaction announcement, and a premium of approximately 36 percent over Proofpoint’s three-month volume-weighted average closing share price through April 23, 2021. Upon completion of the transaction, Proofpoint will become a private company with the flexibility and resources to continue providing the most effective cybersecurity and compliance solutions to protect people and organizations around the world.

“Today’s announcement is a testament to the strength of Proofpoint’s people-centric approach to cybersecurity and compliance and underscores our important role preventing, defending and responding to today’s threats,” said Gary Steele, Chairman and CEO of Proofpoint. “We have made tremendous strides in expanding the sophistication and scale of our offerings, and in 2020 we generated more than $1 billion in annual revenue – making Proofpoint the first SaaS-based cybersecurity and compliance company to reach that milestone. We believe that as a private company, we can be even more agile with greater flexibility to continue investing in innovation, building on our leadership position and staying ahead of threat actors. Thoma Bravo is an experienced software investor, providing capital and strategic support to technology organizations, and our partnership will accelerate Proofpoint’s growth and scale at an even faster pace. ”

Thoma Bravo to privatize Barracuda Networks for $1.6B

Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity firm, will acquire all shares of Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.6 billion. Barracuda shareholders will receive $27.55 in cash for each share of Barracuda common stock they hold. The price represents a premium of 22.5 percent to the company's 10-day average stock price prior to Nov. 27, 2017, of $22.49. Barracuda supplies appliance and cloud-enabled solutions for data...

Thoma Bravo to Acquire Majority Stake in DigiCert

Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm, agreed to acquire a majority interest in DigiCert from TA Associates, another private equity firm currently holding the majority share. Financial terms were not disclosed. DigiCert is a global SSL Certificate Authority (CA) and the leading provider of trusted certificate management solutions.  The company provides its digital certificates to over 115,000 customers in more than 180 countries,...

Riverbed Enters $3.6 Billion Privatization Deal with Thoma Bravo

Riverbed Technology (RVBD) announced a privatization deal with Thoma Bravo, LLC and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21.00 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6 billion. Riverbed CEO Jerry Kennelly will remain with the company as CEO. “We are extremely pleased with this transaction, which we believe will be a winning proposition for all...

Thoma Bravo buys Veracode from Broadcom for $950 million

Thoma Bravo, completed its previously announced acquisition of Veracode Software, a provider in next-generation application security testing (AST), from Broadcom in an all-cash transaction valued at $950 million. Veracode's SaaS platform and integrated solutions assist security teams and software developers with finding and fixing security-related defects throughout the software development lifecycle. Veracode's innovative approach allows it

UK's WPD Telecoms deploys Infinera’s XTM metro optical

WPD Telecoms, Western Power Distribution’s telecoms division, selected Infinera’s XTM Series metro optical platform for its high-capacity network, enabling delivery of next-generation high-speed services to its customers across South West England.

WPD Telecoms is currently rolling out new optical infrastructure to build an advanced 100G/200G optical transport network, positioning the company for a smooth transition to the latest generation of 400G pluggable optical technology.

WPD Telecoms said its new network enables the company to meet the increasing demand for optical and packet-based high-speed services. 


“WPD Telecoms invests in the latest leading-edge technology. That is why we selected Infinera’s XTM Series for this major new network,” said Richard Slane, WPD Telecoms Commercial Manager. “We have always found that Infinera’s metro and regional solutions have provided the capacity and functionality we’ve needed, while also being easy to use and very power efficient. We are confident the XTM will provide our network with the capacity required now and will scale easily to 400G when we’re ready.”

“Enhancing WPD Telecoms’ network with Infinera’s latest XTM Series will enable the company to continue offering its customers reliable, high-capacity, low-latency bandwidth using the latest technology in the industry,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Sales at Infinera. “WPD Telecoms’ longstanding relationship with Infinera and its ongoing selection of Infinera’s metro and regional solutions underscore the value Infinera’s platforms deliver to network operators.”

https://www.infinera.com/press-release/wpd-telecoms-deploys-new-regional-network-with-infinera-xtm-series

AT&T boosts its fiber broadband tiers

AT&T is increasing its minimum fiber broadband tier from 100 Mbps symmetric to 300 Mbps.  Pricing starts at $35 per month. AT&T also offers 500 Mbps and Gigabit speed plans.




https://about.att.com/story/2021/att_fiber_enhancements.html


Ajit Pai joins Searchlight Capital Partners

Former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has joined Searchlight Capital Partners, a leading global private investment firm, as a Partner.

Pai first joined the FCC as a Commissioner in 2012, after being nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. In 2017, he was designated Chairman by President Donald Trump and was again confirmed by the Senate.

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Pai states: “I am excited to join the Searchlight team and help build on the firm’s demonstrated success in the technology media, and telecommunications sectors, especially with respect to digital infrastructure—an area that is essential to consumers and businesses in the United States and around the world. Searchlight’s flexible investment strategy and partnership-driven approach have distinguished it from its peers, allowing the firm to capitalize on opportunities that provide value for its clients and the companies it invests in. I look forward to joining Eric, Erol, and Oliver, and contributing to the firm’s continued investment efforts.”

Searchlight's current portfolio includes: Bezeq (Israel), Consolidated Communications, EOLO (Italy), Liberty Latin America, Mitel, Rackspace, Unity, Univision, and Ziply Fiber, amongst others.

https://www.searchlightcap.com/

Red Hat cites hybrid cloud wins with communications service providers


 Red Hat announced that several communications service providers (CSPs) have chosen its open hybrid cloud technologies to virtualize and containerize their networks, enabling the faster delivery of new and innovative applications and services. These implementations include:

  • HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and a leading innovator, has worked with Red Hat to diversify and expand the services on its unified online shopping platform, Club Shopping, built on Red Hat OpenShift. Another example is the launch of DrGo, an end-to-end app-based platform, which provides telemedicine services by connecting users with Hong Kong registered doctors and other healthcare professionals through the app. Through the enhanced reliability and flexibility of OpenShift, HKT is now able to react more quickly to market shifts, improving its nimbleness while still delivering innovative new services to its customers.
  • Proximus, Belgium’s largest telecommunications provider, is standardizing its NFV strategy on Red Hat OpenStack Platform supported by Red Hat Ceph Storage, Proximus can now run critical service functions in a cost-effective, scalable way, lowering associated costs by 20%. Additionally, by using Red Hat OpenShift for its web properties and cloud-native development environment, Proximus is able to deploy and run container-based microservices at scale, saving approximately $35,000 in monthly infrastructure setup and maintenance costs.
  • Samsung, a leader in innovative mobile communications, engaged with Red Hat to expand deployment options of its 5G solutions, including 5G Core and Radio Access Network (RAN), by applying them to Red Hat OpenShift. Samsung completed the testing and validation of its 5G core CNF on Red Hat OpenShift for a joint customer deployment. Samsung is also planning to test and validate its 5G vRAN on Red Hat OpenShift.
  • Telecom Argentina is using Red Hat OpenShift to modernize Flow, its digital-based entertainment platform, that offers live content and on demand TV series and shows, movies, games and music. Through this cloud-native platform adoption, Telecom Argentina has advanced the evolution of Flow for future challenges, with new models and new technologies also fostering a strong open source culture and DevOps mindset within the digital and cultural transformation the company is undergoing.

Honoré LaBourdette, global vice president of telco, media and entertainment, Red Hat

“Communication service providers are helping organizations at every enterprise provide groundbreaking innovation while working to modernize their networks in an incredibly competitive market. With Red Hat OpenShift, CSPs can focus on tackling the industries most exciting use cases like edge computing, standalone 5G core and more.”

Samsung intros SSD based on 100+ layer vertical NAND

Samsung Electronics Co. introduced the industry's highest-performing 24G SAS (SAS-4) SSD, boasting twice the speed of the previous 12G SAS-3 generation. 

The new drive is the industry’s first 24G SAS SSD made with sixth-generation (1xx-layer) V-NAND chips, enabling storage capacities from 800GB to 30.72TB for advanced enterprise server systems. The PM1653 has been optimized for high-performance enterprise servers, offering the industry’s highest random read speed – a key metric for server storage performance – of up to 800K IOPS. Its sequential read speed can reach 4,300MB/s, which is the maximum available speed for the 24G SAS interface and twice the speed of the previous-generation PM1643a drive.

“As the leading provider of SAS storage for a decade, Samsung has been offering the most advanced and reliable enterprise solutions in full support of the critical workloads of global server OEMs, governments and financial institutions. Samsung enterprise solutions are also accredited by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology for the most powerful data security,” said Kwangil Park, senior vice president of the Memory Product Planning Team at Samsung Electronics. “Like we have done with the PM1653, Samsung will continue to collaborate with our customers to accommodate the ever-growing demand of the enterprise server market for the most uncompromising offerings available.”