Cloud Computing: Huawei Launches Global NFV Open Lab

Grazed from LightReading. Author: Editorial Staff.

Huawei today announced the construction of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Open Lab to global operators and partners. The NFV Open Lab aims at stimulating innovation, industry development and collaborative benefits for global telecom networks supporting NFV/Software Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud-computing technologies.

The NFV Open Labs will bring an environment that will help ensure that NFV solutions and carrier grade infrastructure are compatible with emerging NFV standards and with the Open Platform NFV source (OPNFV). The NFV Open Lab is composed of three labs, located in China, Germany and the USA...

HP, Wind River collaborate on Open Stack-based NFV solution

Grazed from BCN. Author: Tim Skinner.

HP has announced it will begin developing original NFV capabilities in partnership with network virtualization specialist Wind River. Carrier-grade network technologies from Wind River will be integrated into HP’s Helion OpenStack technology, and is intended to provide service providers with an open-source based cloud platform bringing enhanced reliability to NFV.

HP claims the cloud-enabled NFV platform will deliver enhanced reliability, performance and manageability by utilising a Linux and kernel-based virtual machine hypervisor. Combined with self-healing properties, high performance vSwitch-based networking, and advanced orchestration of workloads, HP claims the solution will include the three primary properties being demanded by carriers for an NFV platform...

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...