Networking

F5 Launches Silverline Hybrid Cloud Service Portfolio

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Editorial Staff.

F5 Networks (FFIV) is broadening the reach of its services fabric with the launch of Silverline, a hybrid services delivery platform designed to enable organizations to scale IT resources across dynamic cloud and data center deployments. With Silverline, F5 is providing customers with a services delivery platform that expands its F5 Synthesis architecture to enable application services within customers’ deployment model of choice—from on-premise to as-a-service deployments.

The new banner will include security, optimization and availability services from hosted and managed infrastructure. According to Manny Rivelo, executive vice president of Strategic Solutions at F5 Networks, organizations are looking for ways to cost-effectively deliver applications without constraints...

Google Cloud goes corporate with peering, carrier interconnects, VPN

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Google has apparently been listening to what business customers want from a public cloud. On Tuesday the company announced that it will introduce Virtual Private Networking support in the first quarter of 2015. VPNs will let customers tie securely into Google Cloud via the internet, and they are a key foundation of hybrid clouds that let customers keep some key applications and data under their control in-house while also relying on the public cloud for other workloads.

Also new from Google: Direct peering promises a fast connection to Google’s network from 70 locations worldwide. And new carrier interconnects add Google cloud access from Equinix, IX Reach, Level 3, Tata Communications, Telx, Verizon and Zayo facilities around the world...

Cloud Soon to Represent Three-Quarters Of Data Center Traffic, Cisco Predicts

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Within the next four years, 76 percent of the traffic through the world’s data centers will be cloud-based traffic. Increasingly, this traffic will consist of public cloud services, as more enterprises become more comfortable with this model. Software as a Service will also dominate.

That’s the latest prediction from Cisco, which crunched the numbers in its latest Cisco Global Cloud Index (2013 – 2018). The Cisco report also forecasts that overall data center traffic will triple in volume, growing from 3.1 zettabytes a year in 2013 to 8.6 zettabytes in 2018. (A zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes.) The growth will be at least 23 percent annually...

Cloud Computing: EMC beefs up its stake in VCE, buys out majority of Cisco's share

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

EMC has announced it is to merge data centre biz VCE into its main organisation, buying out all but 10% of Cisco’s stake in the company. The news comes weeks after EMC announced the buy of open cloud provider Cloudscaling, and can be seen as an advancement of the ménage a trois-esque relationship between EMC, VMware and Cisco in ownership of VCE.

The converged infrastructure (CI) provider was originally set up as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco in order to create Vblock, a cloud computing platform which morphed into CI. In a blog post reflecting on this alliance Gary Moore, president and COO of Cisco and Howard Elias, president and COO of EMC, described is as “the most successful in IT history.”...

Cisco is Too Big, Says RBC: Break it Into Routing, Cloud Companies

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tierman Ray.

In the wake of last week’s breakup announcement for eBay (EBAY), this morning’s breakup announcement by Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), RBC Capital Markets’s Mark Sue wrote a note urging Cisco Systems (CSCO) to go the breakup route. “Split/spin-off parts of Cisco’s business and we think the lagging stock could get to $40, a price not seen in 14 years,” writes Sue.

eBay, Agilent, JDSU and even HP this morning get high marks from investors for their ability to adapt to a changing world.” Sue has in mind a switching and routing and services company, on the one hand, and a cloud computing company on the other: We believe Cisco could separate parts of its routing, switching and services into Cisco Solutions which are mature and profitable and manage these businesses for higher FCF. Cisco Solutions could also drive industry consolidation by acquiring high cash-flow businesses, taking capacity out of the system (carriers have all the purchasing power), improve profitability metrics through cost optimization and return FCF to shareholders via dividends and buybacks...

Going Global With The Cloud: Anywhere, Anytime Access - Infographic

Grazed from CloudTweaks.  Author: Jon Roskill.

Let's cut right to the chase... Lots of companies have offered 24/7 availability of systems and data to their customers and employees for years. What else is new? What’s new is that a cloud computing environment can make 24/7 availability possible for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). (Infographic Source:Towergate)

Previously, only organizations with robust IT infrastructure (in terms of servers, communications networks, and the staff to maintain them) could offer global access to internally hosted software applications and databases. Now SMEs can offer customer ordering and account self-service applications hosted in a public cloud. The same public cloud can provide 24/7 availability of applications and data to employees, thereby improving productivity or supporting more flexible working arrangements...

Cisco sets $1 billion investment for global cloud computing network

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cisco Systems will invest $1 billion over two years to expand its cloud offerings, the company said on Monday, linking hundreds of data centers and cloud providers around the world in a network with more than 30 partners. The network, called Intercloud, will help businesses process and manage data generated from billions of devices and applications around the world, Cisco said.

Businesses in the network aim to bridge the gap between public and private cloud computing and will share cloud infrastructure the same way mobile telecommunications companies have roaming agreements. With partners including Deutsche Telekom, BT group and Equinix Inc, Cisco said it will add 250 data centers in 50 countries to its cloud network...

Cloud Computing: Network modernization is key to leveraging big data

Grazed from FederalTimes.  Author: Anthony Robbins.

Access to data is driving how today’s world operates, now more than ever before. Rarely is anyone disconnected from a device that acts as a data source — be it a computer, smartphone or even an object like a car. On top of the data individuals are generating, satellites are collecting information and geodata in exponential quantities. In many cases, organizations struggle to put all these data to meaningful use.

The federal government is actively paving the way to creating best practices and programs that activate the value of data. On May 9 President Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act, which requires agencies to uniformly code their spending data to improve transparency and visibility into how taxpayer dollars are being spent...

Cloud Computing: Broadcom Launches Powerful New Ethernet Switches

Grazed from PCMag. Author: Damon Poeter.

Broadcom on Wednesday introduced a new line of high-density, 25/100 gigabit Ethernet switches for cloud-scale data centers. The new StrataXGS Tomahawk Series is currently sampling to equipment makers, software developers, network operators and OS vendors, and interconnect solution providers, the company said.

StrataXGS Tomahawk Ethernet switches are the "first to deliver 32 ports of 100GE, 64 ports of 40GE/50GE, or 128 ports of 25GE on a single chip," helping cloud service operators scale out quicker and more affordably, according to Broadcom. The additional bandwidth and support for the new 25GE and 50GE protocol standards provided by the new Tomahawk switches should appeal to builders of high performance computing (HPC) environments as well as "mega data center" operators building out leaf-spine networking architectures, the company said...

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Computer scientists win a major grant to network mobile devices in the cloud

Grazed from Phys.Org. Author: Editorial Staff.

A team of computer scientists at NJIT has won a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to come up with a platform that would allow mobile devices to interact with each other with help from the cloud. The technology they are developing is designed to support collaborative applications in areas such as healthcare, safety, and social interaction, potentially benefiting millions of users.

The proposed mobile cloud computing platform would not only stimulate the creation of groundbreaking applications, it would also leverage the cloud to expand the processing power, network bandwidth, storage space, and battery life of individual devices.
"Our goal is to make smart phones smarter," says Cristian Borcea, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Computer Science, who is the grant's principal investigator...