Networking

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...

FTC, SEC put emphasis on cloud-based networks

Grazed from BizJournals. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Federal Trade Commission wants to upgrade its computer networks and software, and the key focus is the cloud — something the Securities and Exchange Commission has used for years, according to Federal News Radio. Federal Trade Commission CIO Bajinder Paul said the agency is interested in how cloud computing can swiftly bring operational capabilities to employees, create a path for innovation and aggregate acquisition initiatives across the agency, according to the report.

Paul said the agency wants better cloud-based data analytics tools to take advantage of enterprise applications that bring in more data. SEC CIO Thomas Bayer said his agency already uses 50 cloud-based applications.

Cloud Computing: Comcast boosts Internet speeds

Grazed from SfGate. Author: David Einstein.

After last week's item about Comcast, I was deluged with responses from readers who, like me, received a letter from the company saying we had to upgrade our cable modems in order to get the most out of our Xfinity Internet service. As I wrote in the column, my old Docsis 2 modem was delivering the Internet at the advertised rate of 25 megabits per second, and when I asked Comcast, I was told I didn't really have to upgrade to a faster Docsis 3 model.

On Friday, I got a robocall with the same message about the need to upgrade - which I thought was odd until I learned that earlier that day, Comcast had quietly doubled the maximum speed in California for its (and my) Performance Internet plan to 50 Mbps. Knowing that my Docsis 2 modem could only handle speeds up to 38 Mbps, I bought a Docsis 3 model at Target for $70, and now I am getting the faster service...