IT News Week 4 July 2015

For week 2 of Jul 2015, the most interesting news was the annoucenment of most complete Data Protection Platform by Acronis.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 21, 2015 - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Selects Brocade for Next-Generation Network Backbone
  • PR - Jul 21, 2015 - NetBooster publishes its Q2 / 2015 Results
  • Ovum - Jul 21, 2015 - Ovum says Sub-US$100 smartphones to generate 40% of unit sales by 2020
  • Juniper Research - Jul 20, 2015 - Payment Volume Soars as WeChat Introduces P2P Service
  • PR - Jul 20, 2015 - Tata Communications teams up with Salesforce to interconnect businesses to the cloud
  • PR - Jul 20, 2015 - Barracuda Introduces the First WAF for Microsoft Azure App Service
  • PR - Jul 17, 2015 - LASER COMPONENTS Pyro Group expansion
  • PR - Jul 16, 2015 - Virginia Tech researcher develops model for robots with bacterial brains
  • PR - Jul 15, 2015 - Brocade Introduces Mobile Strategy and Product Capabilities at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015
  • PR - Jul 14, 2015 - British Council ELTons Awards Oxford Learner’s Dictionary App
  • PR - Jul 13, 2015 - AMD Delivers World’s First Server GPU with Industry-Leading 32GB Memory for High Performance Compute



PR - Jul 21, 2015 - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Selects Brocade for Next-Generation Network Backbone

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has deployed a new 10 Gbps network backbone spanning its five campuses to accommodate the continued growth of data traffic from academic and administrative systems. Based around Brocade® MLXe Core Routers, the new backbone has enabled the university to reduce costs and streamline management by migrating applications that previously ran over separate networks, onto a single infrastructure.

The routers are built with sixth-generation network processor-based architecture and terabit-scale switch fabrics that enable the university to run the backbone at 10 Gbps -- with the capability to support 40 and 100 Gbps wire-speed interfaces if and when they are needed. They provide a rich set of high-performance Layer 2/3, IPv4, IPv6, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), wire-speed encryption, and SDN features. MPLS is being used by SJTU to segment the backbone into virtual networks that accommodate different application streams, including campus CCTV and the YiKaTong smart card access system that previously ran on physically separate networks.

The Brocade solution paves the way for SJTU to pursue its interests in Software-Defined Networking (SDN), both at an academic level and to support digital campus service innovation. The Brocade MLX® Series enables SDN by supporting the OpenFlow 1.3 protocol that allows communication between an OpenFlow-enabled router and an OpenFlow SDN controller such as the Brocade SDN Controller, which is based on the Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight project. Because the Brocade devices support OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode, SJTU can simultaneously deploy traditional routing with OpenFlow on the same port. This unique capability provides a pragmatic path to SDN by supporting the integration of OpenFlow into existing networks, enabling programmatic control offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is routed as before.

PR - Jul 21, 2015 - NetBooster publishes its Q2 / 2015 Results

NetBooster, a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing, today announces its results for the second quarter of 2015, with an EBITDA increase of 20%.

In the second quarter of 2015, NetBooster recorded an increase in EBITDA to €1.2m, up from €1m in the same period in 2014, with profitability level of 13.8% (11.6% in the prior year).

Ovum - Jul 21, 2015 - Ovum says Sub-US$100 smartphones to generate 40% of unit sales by 2020

According to a new forecast* by the independent telecoms analyst firm Ovum, total handset sales are expected to grow from 1.88 billion to 2.16 billion units between 2014 and 2020, at a compound annual growth (CAGR) rate of 2.4 per cent.

Smartphones will comprise 95% of global handset sales by 2020, up from 65% in 2014, and will first exceed 2 billion unit sales in 2020. Android and iOS devices will continue to lead the market with 80% and 14% smartphone volume market share respectively in 2020, almost identical to 2014. Handsets based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS will capture most of the remaining market with a 4.2% market share in 2020, equivalent to 86 million unit sales.

Juniper Research - Jul 20, 2015 - Payment Volume Soars as WeChat Introduces P2P Service

A new report from Juniper Research has found that the number of mobile money transfers is expected to increase by nearly 150% in 2015 to more than 13bn, with several social media firms already seeing a dramatic rise in service usage.

The report observed that with US social payment service Venmo now experiencing traffic worth nearly $1 billion per quarter, leading social media companies were now introducing their own services. Snapchat has partnered with Square to deliver a P2P offering, while Facebook launched a US-wide service last month.

PR - Jul 20, 2015 - Tata Communications teams up with Salesforce to interconnect businesses to the cloud

Tata Communications, a leading provider of New World of Communications™, today announces its partnership with Salesforce, the world's #1 CRM company. Through this global partner interconnect agreement, Tata Communications’ IZO™ Private will connect businesses to Salesforce’s Customer Success Platform, providing businesses network uptime and stable application performance, via easy cloud access for MPLS and Ethernet customers. This in turn translates into fast provisioning, increased productivity, and ensures privacy and data protection through private network connections for users.

To discuss this partnership announcement, I’d like to offer you a 1 on 1 briefing with Mike Galvin, VP of NextGen at Tata Communications who also looks after Tata Communications’ Silicon-Valley based Nextgen Business Unit. With the unit’s mandate to help the company become a “non-telco, telco”, Mike will be able to share more about:
  • Helping Tata Communications is staying ahead of the competition, with a focus on using global partnerships and engagements with companies like Salesforce to create new experiences for customers
  • Driving big bets and the vision for the future of telecom based on customer priorities, including Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Developing bleeding-edge proof of concepts

PR - Jul 20, 2015 - Barracuda Introduces the First WAF for Microsoft Azure App Service

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces that the Barracuda Web Application Firewall is the first web application firewall solution to be approved by Microsoft for integration into the Azure App Service.

The Barracuda Web Application Firewall protects dynamic web applications against unwarranted intrusions with layered security in Azure environments. Most notably, the Barracuda Web Application Firewall will be able to provide protection when traditional security models are challenged by modern web programming techniques, including JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and Representation State Transfer (REST). Barracuda Web Application Firewall will protect three types of Azure Apps – Web Apps, Mobile Apps, and API Apps.

PR - Jul 17, 2015 - LASER COMPONENTS Pyro Group expansion

LASER COMPONENTS celebrated the opening of its new pyroelectric detector production facility only six months after the ground breaking ceremony.

With this opening, the LASER COMPONENTS Pyro Group has paved the way for further company expansion. One year after acquiring the manufacturing site and entire staff of Microwatt Applications, LLC the LASER COMPONENTS GROUP has significantly increased personnel and relocated the Pyro Group to a new production building, resulting in a 500% increase in available space.

"This is how it should continue to go," began LASER COMPONENTS President Patrick Paul in his opening speech, "The first pyroelectric detectors have reached selected customers."

PR - Jul 16, 2015 - Virginia Tech researcher develops model for robots with bacterial brains

In a paper published today in Scientific Reports (http://www.nature.com/articles/srep11988), which is part of the Nature Publishing Group, a Virginia Tech scientist used a mathematical model to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot.

"Basically we were trying to find out from the mathematical model if we could build a living microbiome on a nonliving host and control the host through the microbiome," said Warren Ruder, an assistant professor of biological systems engineering in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (http://www.cals.vt.edu/) and the College of Engineering (https://www.eng.vt.edu).

"We found that robots may indeed be able to function with a bacterial brain," he said. For future experiments, Ruder is building real-world robots that will have the ability to read bacterial gene expression levels in E. coli using miniature fluorescent microscopes. The robots will respond to bacteria he will engineer in his lab.

On a broad scale, understanding the biochemical sensing between organisms could have far reaching implications in ecology, biology, and robotics.

PR - Jul 15, 2015 - Brocade Introduces Mobile Strategy and Product Capabilities at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015

Brocade is introducing its mobile strategy and new product capabilities at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2015, showcasing new innovations in end-to-end mobile networking and network visibility based on its acquisitions of Connectem, Vistapointe, and SteelApp. The new innovations will enable service providers and enterprises to offer ubiquitous connectivity between mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, data centress, as well as public and private clouds, through a leading-edge data center networking strategy for the New IP.

Brocade is conducting product demonstrations at MWC Shanghai, on practical steps to deploy NFV and SDN, mobile network visibility and analytics, evolving the customer edge, on-demand services for SGi-LAN, and on the Connectem virtual evolved packet core.

PR - Jul 14, 2015 - British Council ELTons Awards Oxford Learner’s Dictionary App

The prestigious British Council ELTons awards recognize quality and innovation in English-language teaching products and services. Oxford University Press and Paragon Software Group are proud and delighted to announce that the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English (OLDAE) is the winner of the Innovation in Learner Resources category.

The dictionary was developed by Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s authority on the English language, for students studying other academic subjects in English. The app version of the dictionary was developed with OUP by Paragon Software Group, a leading multi-platform software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers.

Diana Lea, Managing Editor, Oxford University Press said ‘We are really proud that we have created a dictionary that we believe meets the needs of students studying English for academic purposes around the world in a way that no other dictionary currently does. I am delighted that it has been recognized how glamorous, exciting and innovative a dictionary can be.’

Based on the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English, OLDAE is the only internationally available learner's dictionary to focus exclusively on academic English. It helps students understand academic texts and helps them improve their own academic writing.

PR - Jul 13, 2015 - AMD Delivers World’s First Server GPU with Industry-Leading 32GB Memory for High Performance Compute

AMD today announced the new AMD FirePro™ S9170 server GPU, the world’s first and fastest 32GB single-GPU server card for DGEMM heavy double-precision workloads1, with support for OpenCL™ 2.0. Based on the second-generation AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture, this new addition to the AMD FirePro™ server GPU family is capable of delivering up to 5.24 TFLOPS of peak single precision compute performance while enabling full throughput double precision performance, providing up to 2.62 TFLOPS of peak double precision performance.

Designed with compute-intensive workflows in mind, the AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU is ideal for data center managers who oversee clusters within academic or government bodies, oil and gas industries, or deep neural network compute cluster development.

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