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...

Eutelsat and Cisco Demonstrate "Cloud Video over Satellite" Using "SmartLNB" Technology

Grazed from BusinessWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Eutelsat Communications and Cisco are unveiling the integration ETL of Cisco Videoscape and Eutelsat’s “smartLNB” technology at this year’s IBC exhibition. The two companies are combining their expertise for a demonstration of live IP streaming and Push Video On Demand (VOD) services accessed through an easy-to-navigate user interface that can offer broadcasters the most advanced turnkey solution for connected TV services.

The integration of Cisco Videoscape, including MediaHighway® set-top box software, VideoGuard conditional access and a Cisco user interface with Eutelsat’s “smart LNB” technology enables subscribers to easily navigate their way through a multi-dimensional programme guide incorporating high-quality live and recorded content. It delivers a unique experience that connects subscribers to broadcaster services, increasing customer choice and loyalty...

Cloud Computing: Is Your Network Hyperconverged Yet?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Hyperconverged IT systems (or hyper-converged networks if you prefer a hyphen and a rather less generic term than ‘systems’) are the new darlings of the software management community. Well, they will be if the major vendors behind these products and methodologies have their way.

Often spoken of in the same breath as the (dreaded) so-called ‘business and technology transformation process’, hyperconvergence is a logical bedfellow for the cloud computing, dashboard (and console-view) management and software-defined worlds that it emanates from. But what is it?...

Google's Andromeda Relieves Cloud Strain

Grazed from LightReading. Author: Mitch Wagner.

Hot Interconnects -- Google relies on its Andromeda networking platform to deliver a global cloud infrastructure that gives customers the security and performance benefits of local private networks. "We want bare-metal performance and low latency for the services we deliver," said Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Distinguished Engineer Amin Vahdat, delivering a keynote at the conference here today.

SDN is key to delivering the needed performance and security, he said. SDN at its most fundamental involves separating the control plane from the data plane, Vahdat noted. "A logically centralized hierarchical control plane beats peer-to-peer every time," he said. The data plane can run at network speed, while the control plane can run on commodity hardware, scaling as needed. The control plane requires 1% of the overhead of the entire network, Vahdat said...

Cloud Computing: Jive deepens integration with Cisco's WebEx and Jabber

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Jive Software has pushed out updates for the cloud versions of both its enterprise social networking (ESN) suite and its JiveX software for building external online communities. The main enhancement for the Jive ESN suite is what the company is touting as native integration with Cisco's WebEx and Jabber, following a partnership the vendors announced in May.

Back then, Cisco said it was axing its WebEx Social ESN suite, formerly called Quad, and that it would resell the Jive suite instead. The bundle includes WebEx Meetings and Jabber for online meetings, Web conferencing, IM and audio/video communications, and Jive's ESN software...

Connectivity is Crucial for Cloud Computing Success: GTT White Paper

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

GTT Communications, Inc., the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational enterprises, announced today the release of a new white paper entitled Cloud Computing Success Demands the Right Connectivity. The white paper highlights why it is critically important for enterprises to use private connectivity, rather than the public Internet, to access their IT applications and services residing in the cloud.

"Cloud adoption has moved beyond the tipping point, with the majority of enterprises using some form of cloud computing in their business," said Rick Calder, President and CEO. "Many companies use the public Internet to access cloud applications, but a private network provides the security, performance and reliability many organizations need to support their mission-critical business operations."...

Cloud Computing: Cisco tops earnings estimates, but slashes 6,000 jobs

Grazed from Fortune.  Author: Tom Huddleston.

Despite stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings, the networking equipment company remains in search of growth as product sales decline.  Shares of Cisco Systems are down more than 1% in after-hours trading after the networking company posted earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter that beat analysts’ estimates yet came with the sobering news that the company plans to cut 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its global workforce.

Cisco CEO John Chambers referred to the move as “a limited restructuring” and a “reallocation of resources” on the earnings call that followed the release of its results, which boil down to a better-than-expected increase in earnings and flat revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter, which ended July 26...

Juniper Ethernet Switches Target BYOD, Cloud Environments

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Jeffrey Burt.

Juniper Networks is rolling out a new line of Ethernet switches aimed at helping enterprises deal with the increasing demand for better and faster access to cloud services and applications such as unified communications and virtual desktop infrastructures.

Juniper's new EX4600 switches, announced Aug. 13, are open and scalable, and offer high performance in a small and cost-effective form factor, according to company officials. The switches also leverage Juniper's Open Converged Framework (OCF), an approach to networking introduced by the company in June that calls for using open, published interfaces to enable the convergence of wired and wireless networks from different vendors...

Cloud Computing: Startup Mimosa Unveils First Gigabit Wireless Offering

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Jeffrey Burt.

Growing industry trends like mobile and cloud computing, video and bring-your-own-device are putting increasing pressure on Internet service providers to provide more bandwidth to handle the workloads. Many ISPs are responding by trying replicate what Google is doing via its Google Fiber initiative.

However, startup Mimosa Networks is looking to enable ISPs to embrace wireless network technology by bringing fiber-level capabilities to WiFi. The company has raised $38 million in funding since its founding in 2012, and this month is releasing the first products in what Chief Product Officer Jaime Fink told eWEEK will be a rapidly growing portfolio...