Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Zayo launches API developer portal and rolls out MEF LSO Sonata

 Zayo introduced its Application Programming Interface (API) Developer Portal to help enterprise customers to explore, on-board and test live environments with existing API offerings, and stay informed about upcoming developments.

Currently, Zayo receives hundreds of thousands API calls a month originating from 100+ customers. These requests come through key partners such as Connectbase, ACS Solutions, GeoTel, Upstack, NDA Corp, Masterstream and LMX as well as direct integrations. Benefits of Zayo’s existing API offerings include:

  • Network Discovery: Zayo’s Building Validation, Location, and Cloud Service Provider APIs enable customers to analyze how Zayo’s network availability powers their business footprint.
  • Quote and Order: Customers can grow their business capabilities by leveraging Zayo products in its Product Catalog API, generating quotes with the Quote API, and automating the ordering process through the Order API.
  • Service Management: Customers are able to retrieve critical service information, get support for issues, and keep track of planned outages with the Service Inventory, Ticketing, Ticket Catalog and Maintenance Cases APIs.

In addition to the API developer portal, Zayo has started the roll out of MEF API “Lifecycle Service Orchestration” (LSO) Sonata “Billie” release for quoting and ordering as well as performance monitoring. Further incorporation of MEF standards will enable Zayo to better serve its global carrier and enterprise customers to buy services in a standardized way and to automate MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet.

“We want to empower our customers through every step of their digital transformation journey, and APIs are where that journey comes to life in the form of automation at our customers' fingertips,” said Leidy Perez, vice president of product, strategic software at Zayo. “With our developer portal, customers now have a live environment where they can easily find the information they need to understand, design and build the best software integration strategy to make an impact and drive business results.”

“Too often, customers must work around their system of record to manage multiple vendors. The swivel-chair of that information back into each system of record causes massive inefficiencies that can impact service delivery time and revenue,” said Stan Hubbard, MEF Principal Analyst. “MEF LSO APIs offer an automated, standardized way for service providers to buy and sell services and maximize return on their investment in interface development. We are excited that MEF LSO Sonata APIs enable Zayo’s innovative API Developer Portal.”

Prosimo intros NetDevOps Infrastructure-as-Code toolkit

Prosimo, which offers an Application eXperience Infrastructure (AXI) platform for secure application delivery in multi-cloud environments, released a new NetDevOps Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) toolkit that provides enterprises with orchestration of cloud networking assets.

Prosimo said its goal is to simplify and abstract network and infrastructure management tasks. 

New features in the DevNetOps toolkit provide core capabilities that target cloud operations teams and orchestrate cloud service provider (CSP) networking functionality while automating per-application routing, security, performance, compliance, and cost management policies. 

Key capabilities:

  • Infrastructure as a code for cloud networking - Prosimo abstracts the API layer to CSP capabilities and networking constructs: simply click and set up. It also automates and ties network, micro-segmentation, policy control, and zero-trust into a deployment CI/CD pipeline aligned with application roll-outs. In addition, Prosimo provides repeatable pipelines to deploy and undeploy services quickly.
  • Infrastructure aligned to applications lifecycle - Onboarding new regions, clouds, and datacenters in greenfield and brownfield environments through efficient infrastructure orchestration using native constructs in multi-cloud, including the ability to connect and secure cloud-native endpoints (e.g., S3), understanding A/B, canary.
  • Service networking - Attach FQDNs, serverless, PaaS, and SaaS apps with enterprise workloads running in any cloud. This leverages cloud-native service networking techniques based on FQDN and layer 7 proxies, including network constructs at the IP layer.
  • Faster MTTR - Prosimo offers unparalleled end-to-end enterprise infrastructure observability for applications and networks across the entire path over multicloud environments. ML-driven insights quickly identify a problem's root cause and provide recommendations and automation to improve connectivity or performance. Prosimo is the only platform to offer programmatic query infrastructure across the full stack.

"As Enterprises continue to embrace NetDevOps, the challenges are significant when it comes to reducing the barriers between development and operations," said Mani Ganesan, Head of Product, Prosimo. "The IAC Toolkit helps simplify operations and management of applications' life cycle. This improves business and IT alignment, accelerating business velocity. In today's competitive landscape, this is critical for organizations."

Cisco reports revenue of $13.1B, record product orders

Citing strong demand with record full year product orders and backlog, Cisco reported fourth quarter total revenue of $13.1 billion, flat compared with a year earlier. GAAP operating income was $3.4 billion, down4%, with GAAP operating margin of 26.2%. Non-GAAP operating income was $4.2 billion, down 4%, with non-GAAP operating margin at 32.4%.

Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas down 3%, EMEA up 8%, and APJC down 2%. 

Product revenue performance was led by growth in End-to-End Security up 20%, Optimized Application Experiences up 8%, and Collaboration up 2%. Secure, Agile Networks was down 1% and Internet for the Future was down 10%.

On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were 61.3%, 59.1%, and 67.5%, respectively, as compared with 63.6%, 62.7%, and 66.2%, respectively, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

"We had a strong end to our fiscal year thanks to our Q4 performance. Our teams executed well in the midst of an incredibly dynamic environment, resulting in the highest full year non-GAAP earnings per share in the history of the company," said Chuck Robbins, chair and CEO of Cisco. "Full year product orders and backlog are both at record highs and reflect the strong demand we continue to see for our innovation and the overall value we bring to our customers as they accelerate their digital transformation."

"Total revenue exceeded our expectations in Q4, as a result of our strong execution and the numerous initiatives we have taken to reduce the impact of the global supply situation," said Scott Herren, CFO of Cisco. "Our operational discipline is reflected in our healthy operating margin and strong cash flow generation, enabling us to return nearly $4 billion to our shareholders in Q4. And we continue to make good progress in our business model transformation with RPO of over $31 billion, which, coupled with our record backlog, provide us with substantial visibility and confidence in our future revenue."

For its full FY 2022 fiscal year, Cisco total revenue amounted to $51.6 billion, an increase of 3%. On a GAAP basis, net income was $11.8 billion, an increase of 12%, and EPS was $2.82, an increase of 13%. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $14.1 billion, an increase of 3% compared to fiscal 2021, and EPS was $3.36,  an increase of 4%.

ThreatX raises $30 million for API protection

ThreatX, a start-up based in Boston, announced $30 million in Series B funding for its API protection platform.

ThreatX said its platform protects APIs from multiple threats, including DDoS attempts, bot attacks, API abuse, exploitations of known vulnerabilities, and zero-day attacks. 

“While APIs bring rich opportunities to companies across nearly every market, they can also quickly devolve into business threats if not secured,” said Gene Fay, CEO, ThreatX. “The ThreatX platform delivers the one-two punch that modern organizations seek in API and web application protection by incorporating behavioral analytics and multiple detection methods within a single analytics engine. This funding will enable us to accelerate development of our platform’s capabilities and expand our global go-to-market strategy.”

The funding round was led by Harbert Growth Partners, with participation from Vistara Growth. Existing ThreatX investors .406 Ventures, Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners also participated in the round.

Deutsche Telekom extends FC Bayern contract through 2027

FC Bayern and Deutsche Telekom agreed to an early extension of their 20-year partnership until 2027. Telekom will continue to have exclusive access to content from the club, which the company offers to its customers via FC on MagentaTV.

Oliver Kahn, FC Bayern CEO: "We're very happy that Deutsche Telekom has been at FC Bayern's side for 20 years. Telekom stands for innovation in a multimedia world, for innovation, for being forward-thinking. Together we have already experienced a unique success story. Our aim is to continue to set standards in sport and beyond - and we have succeeded once again with this contract extension."

Michael Hagspihl, Senior Vice President Global Strategic Projects and Marketing Partnerships at Deutsche Telekom: "FC Bayern Munich and Deutsche Telekom have written an amazing success story in the last 20 years. We're very proud of these joint successes and the many milestones. Thanks to the enormous media presence, innovative energy and the effects of that, our partnership is worth many times over what we put into it together."

Napatech milestone: 350,000 SmartNIC ports shipped

Napatech announced a significant company milestone: 350,000 programmable SmartNIC port shipments to date.

Napatech notes that the annual demand for data center servers is forecasted to grow from 12 million to 18 million units. Each server requires connectivity from a network interface card (NIC) and requires anywhere from two to eight NICs per server. This massive increase in connectivity sits behind the projected growth of the NIC market from $2.6 billion in 2021 to $7 billion in 2026. The highest growth within the NIC market is the programmable SmartNIC segment. 

Napatech's SmartNICs have won more than 400 customers globally.

Jarrod Siket, chief marketing officer, Napatech, said: "Hyperscale cloud operators were the early adopters of SmartNICs and chose FPGA-based designs to overcome their most complex networking challenges. As a result, more than 70% of all SmartNIC ports deployed globally are based on FPGAs. Napatech is building upon this proven architecture to make those same solutions available to the next wave of cloud, telco and enterprise datacenter operators who are fueling the monumental growth within the programmable SmartNIC market."

SmartNIC Offload for 5G User Plane Function

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Credo launches 112G PAM4 SerDes IP for TSMC N5 and N4 nodes

Credo introduced its 112G PAM4 SerDes Intellectual Property (IP) family on TSMC’s N5 and N4 process technologies. Credo's IP supports a wide range of demands including long reach plus (LR+), long reach (LR), medium reach (MR), extreme short reach plus (XSR+), and extreme short reach (XSR), – required by applications including compute, switching, AI, machine learning, security, and optical deployments.

Credo says uts unique software programmable innovations allow architects to optimize power and performance on a lane-by-lane basis, unleashing new levels of system level performance. These new 112G PAM4 SerDes IP were designed to meet the ever-growing data needs of high-speed, data-intensive applications and early access design customers can engage immediately by contacting the Credo sales team. Production, silicon validation, design kit of these 112G SerDes for multiple TSMC processes from N16 to N4 are available on TSMC-Online.

Jim Bartenslager, Associate Vice President of Business Development for IP Products commented, “Credo’s advanced mixed signal and DSP 112G PAM4 SerDes architectures were developed and proven on the TSMC 12nm process technology for Credo’s complete family of connectivity solutions for both copper and optical applications. We have ported our unique, purpose-built SerDes technology to the TSMC N5 and N4 processes to allow our partners and customers to seamlessly integrate our industry leading 112G PAM4 IP into larger scale monolithic and multi-chip-module ASICs.”

“Our latest collaboration with Credo makes it easy for customers to benefit from the significant power and performance improvements of TSMC’s advanced N5 and N4 processes,” said Dan Kochpatcharin, Director of the Design Infrastructure Management Division at TSMC. “We look forward to working closely with Credo to address the design challenges for rapid advancement of applications in compute, switching, AI, and machine learning.”

Keysight reports record revenue and EPS; raises outlook

Keysight Technologies reported Q3 revenue of $1.38 billion, up 10% compared with $1.25 billion last year, or 13 percent on a core basis, which excludes the impact of foreign currency changes and revenue associated with businesses acquired or divested within the last twelve months. GAAP net income was $338 million, or $1.87 per share, compared with $254 million, or $1.36 per share, in the third quarter of 2021. Non-GAAP net income was $363 million, or $2.01 per share, compared with $286 million, or $1.54 per share in the third quarter of 2021.

“Keysight delivered an exceptional third quarter, with both revenue and EPS exceeding the high end of guidance. Our outperformance reflects the effectiveness of our strategy, outstanding execution by our teams around the world, and the strength of our operating model,” said Satish Dhanasekaran, Keysight’s President and CEO. “Keysight’s deep customer engagements with industry leaders, and high value, differentiated solutions continue to drive broad-based demand across key technology mega trends.”

Reporting Segments

Communications Solutions Group (CSG) - reported revenue of $970 million in the third quarter, up 11 percent over last year, with strength in 5G, O-RAN, 400G, 800G, and high-speed digital applications, as well as cyber, space and satellite solutions.

Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG) - reported revenue of $406 million in the third quarter, up 10 percent over last year, driven by general electronics, semiconductor measurement solutions, and next-generation automotive and energy solutions. EISG reported growth across all regions.'22-Results-Presentation-20220817.pdf

Ceragon cites major customer win in North America

Ceragon Networks announced that a top tier operator in North America selected its equipment, software, rollout, and managed services for a large expansion project. The name of the customer was not disclosed.

Ceragon has already started receiving equipment orders and expects remaining orders to be completed in 2022. Project rollout is expected to start early 2023.

Doron Arazi, Ceragon CEO, commented, "We are driving strong business momentum in North America as we continue to capture market share based on the strength of our capabilities. More importantly, this win, which includes not only our products, but also our managed services and related software, is another testament that our revised strategy is delivering results and resonating with customers across our wide range of offerings. While our strategy is global, it is particularly relevant in North America, where the market is experiencing increased demand and robust momentum."

Indonesia’s Lintasarta upgrades with IP Infusion

Lintasarta, Indonesia’s leading information and communications technology services company, has chosen IP Infusion's Aggregation Router and Data Center solutions to upgrade its legacy network for Ethernet VPN (EVPN) and Segment Routing (SR). In addition to upgrading legacy devices, IP Infusion solutions interoperated with the existing network providing a seamless path for network migration. IP Infusion delivered the scalability, agility and flexibility that Lintasarta required in a disaggregated solution to spin up new services faster and more economically.

“IP Infusion’s OcNOS software provides the carrier-grade capacity that helps us scale for long-term requirements, while reducing overall costs,” said Arya Damar, CEO of Lintasarta. “We have future-proofed our network with IP Infusion’s very competitively priced, open and tested solution. Their OcNOS solution architecture advantage and solid maintenance and support allows for seamless migration strategies that will result in increased innovation for our customers.”

“Lintasarta, as an industry leading service provider with a next-generation network design, is helping to meet Indonesia’s increasing demand for lower-cost, reliable connectivity,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “We are proud to provide Lintasarta with a proven open networking solution that helps deliver the transformative benefits of the digital economy for all its customers.”

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