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Network Management and Diagnostics

Cisco Buys into SDN with Embrane

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Cisco Buys into SDN with Embrane

Cisco announces its acquisition of Embrane, a “lifecycle management platform for application-centric network services” provider the company has already invested $14 million in back in 2014.

Further financial details are not available.

The company is already familiar with the way its new owner works, having added lifecycle management a number of Cisco products, including the Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance and the Sourcefire virtual appliance, as well as other 3rd party systems.

One such product is the Elastic Service Manager, which adds firewall and load balancer management to the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).

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Masergy Adds SDN Features

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Masergy Adds SDN Features

Masergy adds a Network as a Service (NaaS) self-service option to its its Software Defined Network (SDN) Platform , allowing customers to connect corporate branch office and remote locations to global VPNs.

Customers can use own ISPs and a Masergy-provided managed appliance (or their own endpoint device) to serve as a VPN endpoint, which establishes a secure connection to the nearest Masergy point of presence.

The company says its NaaS is available globally, in bandwidths ranging from 1 to 100Mbps. It is ideal as a stop-gap solution for short-term connectivity needs, as well as temporary worksites, retail locations and redundant connectivity for business continuity plans.

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Masergy Adds to SDN With Cloud Router

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Masergy Adds to SDN With Cloud Router

Masergy launches the Cloud Router-- a full-featured managed router service complementing the company's on-premise Managed Router solutions, designed to reduce the capital expenses of proprietary routing hardware.

Available in Standard and Advanced service levels, the Cloud Router service supports bandwidths of up to 100Mbps, with the Advanced version including a business continuity/disaster recovery option.

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Faster Pinpointing of Network Issues

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Faster Pinpointing of Network Issues

Fujitsu announces a technology to rapidly identify issues within network operations, allowing even non-experts to assess the impact of such failure on virtual systems within all of 10 seconds.

According to the company usually such investigations can take up to 3 hours in the case of large-scale cloud environments.

The Fujitsu technology automatically generates data from communications pathways between servers, as well as the combined data from virtual servers produced by communications. It then analyses the relationship between virtual and physical systems, identifies the impact of a network failure and reports to virtual system users.

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HomePlug Gets Interoperability Event

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HomePlug Gets Interoperability Event

The HomePlug Alliance announces a multi-vendor event for HomePlug Netricity technology-- bringing together Cisco, Itron, Semtech (EnVerv) and Texas Instruments and the low-frequency, narrow-band IEEE 1901.2 standard.

The Netricity program is designed for long-range powerline networking applications, namely outside-the-home, smart grid, smart city and industrial control. Built using frequencies below 500kHz, the technology incorporates an IEE 802.15.4-based media access control (MAC) layer to enabled hybrid (wired + wireless) networks. The program complements and coexists with the high-bandwidth HomePlug AV and AV2 specifications and standards, as well as HomePlug Green PHY for smart home applications.

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