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Call for Participation – ICANN DNSSEC Workshop at ICANN62, Panama City

By Dan York

Would you like to share information about how you are using DNSSEC with the wider technical community? Do you have an idea for how to make DNSSEC or DANE work better? Or work with new applications?

If so — and if you will be attending ICANN 62 in Panama City, Panama from 25-28 June 2018 — then please consider sending in a proposal to participate as a speaker in the ICANN 62 DNSSEC Workshop!

If you are interested in participating, please send a brief (1-2 sentence) description of your proposed presentation to dnssec-panamacity@isoc.org by Friday, 4 May 2018

The DNSSEC Workshop has been a part of ICANN meetings for several years and has provided a forum for both experienced and new people to meet, present and discuss current and future DNSSEC deployments. For reference, the most recent session was held at the ICANN Community Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 14 March 2018. The presentations and transcripts are available at: part 1, part 2, and part 3.

As ICANN 62 is the shorter “Policy Forum” format for ICANN meetings, the DNSSEC Workshop Program Committee is developing a 3-hour program. Proposals will be considered for the following topic areas and included if space permits. In addition, we welcome suggestions for additional topics either for inclusion in the ICANN62 workshop or for consideration for future workshops

1. DNSSEC Activities Panel (Regional and global)

For this panel, we are seeking participation from those who have been involved in DNSSEC deployment in the region and also from those who have not deployed DNSSEC but who have a keen interest in the challenges and benefits of deployment, including Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover activities. Now that DNSSEC has become an operational norm for many registries, registrars, and ISPs, questions of interest include:

  • What have we learned about how we manage DNSSEC?
  • What is the best practice around key rollovers?
  • How often do you review your disaster recovery procedures?
  • Is there operational familiarity within your customer support teams?
  • What operational statistics have we gathered about DNSSEC?
  • Are there experiences being documented in the form of best practices, or something similar, for transfer of signed zones?

If you have a specific concern about the Root Key Rollover, or believe you have a method or solution to help address impacts, we would like to hear from you.

2. DNSSEC Deployment Challenges

The program committee is seeking input from those that are interested in the implementation of DNSSEC but have general or particular concerns with DNSSEC. In particular, we are seeking input from individuals that would be willing to participate in a panel that would discuss questions of the nature:

  • Are there any policies directly or indirectly impeding your DNSSEC deployment? (RRR model, CDS/CDNSKEY automation)
  • What are your most significant concerns with DNSSEC, e.g., complexity, training, implementation, operation or something else?
  • What do you expect DNSSEC to do for you and what doesn’t it do?
  • What do you see as the most important trade-offs with respect to doing or not doing DNSSEC?

We are interested in presentations related to any aspect of DNSSEC such as zone signing, DNS response validation, applications use of DNSSEC, registry/registrar DNSSEC activities, etc. In addition, we welcome suggestions for additional topics.

If you are interested in participating, please send a brief (1-2 sentence) description of your proposed presentation to dnssec-panamacity@isoc.org by **Friday, 4 May 2018**

Thank you,

The DNSSEC Workshop Program Committee:

Mark Elkins, DNS/ZACR

Ondrej Filip, CZ.NIC

Julie Hedlund, ICANN

Jean Robert Hountomey, AfricaCERT

Jacques Latour, .CA

Xiaodong Lee, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Russ Mundy, Parsons

Kathy Schnitt, ICANN

Yoshiro Yoneya, JPRS

Dan York, Internet Society

Written by Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies – and on staff of Internet Society

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Cisco axes Spark, elevates and enhances WebEx

By Michael Cooney

Cisco has unified its two, largely separate, collaboration packages – Spark and WebEx – into a single platform that supports a single set of features.

The move makes sense because Cisco had been developing the somewhat similar packages separately, and there was some confusion about that in the market and sales channels. No more.

Webex Teams combines collaboration features in Cisco Spark and WebEx such as whiteboarding, persistent messaging, roster, meeting controls, content sharing and so on.

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Chatsworth Products helps Anthem transform legacy data centre into a model of efficiency

By Zenobia Hegde

Anthem Inc.’s primary and largest data centre was experiencing growing pains typical of many legacy data centres—ensuring newer, higher-density equipment would have enough space, power and cooling—while keeping costs down. The company turned to Chatsworth Products (CPI) for a total service and product solution.

Located in Richmond, Va., the 1,000-cabinet data centre was configured in traditional open air,hot/cold aisles and generated more than 82% of the electricity costs. The challenge was to make dramatic improvements in such a large, established data centre.

“Capital One was building a modern data centre nearby. Through a networking opportunity, I was able to take a tour and saw Chatsworthproducts everywhere,” explains Dean Wagstaff, director of Data Centre Operation at Anthem. “They talked about CPI’s capabilities,products—particularly the cabinet and PDU—engineering, and value-added services as well. An unbiased opinion from those responsible for the site carried a lot of credibility.”

Wagstaff worked closely with Anixter, a distributor partner, evaluating products from several manufacturers. When the CPI team provided Computational Fluid Dynamics (CDF) models—a complimentary service of CPI— providing a visual illustration and considering the data centre as whole, Anthem knew CPI was the clear winner.

The path to improvement began with a complete containment strategy at both the cabinet and aisle level, composed of CPI products that are now a standard specification for all Anthem data centres.

For airflow containment at the aisle level, the flexibility and onsite customisation features of CPI’s Build to Spec Kit (BTS) Hot Aisle Containment provided an ideal solution for hot exhaust air generated by existing, multi-vendor cabinets. For new cabinet installations, Anthem’s data centres now include CPI’s GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet with Vertical Exhaust Duct for cabinet-level containment, Monitored eConnect® Power Distribution Units for remote power management and several cable management accessoriessuch as floor grommets.

Since implementation three years ago, Anthem has experienced significant improvements. “We will continue investing in air containment strategies, resulting in increased yearly savings, which are already outstanding. Overall, it has been a great investment.” says Wagstaff.

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ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Centre to support industrial automation

By Zenobia Hegde

ABB expands its global network of Collaborative Operations Centres to broaden its digital reach and expand its portfolio of digital services. The new centre is located at ABB’s German headquarters in Mannheim and went into operation in April 2018.

At the heart of ABB’s digital portfolio is ABB Ability Collaborative Operations, a service delivery model which connects people in production facilities, headquarters and ABB to deliver objective data insights that ultimately increase customers’ profitability by improving plant efficiency, increasing safety, reducing risk and lowering costs. The new model bundles industry knowledge, cloud-based solutions and services into a 24/7 service delivery concept.

New competencies through shared knowledge and ABB expertise

Collaborative Operations combines the strengths from cross-functional teams with industry and expert knowledge from ABB, and plant insights from the customer to deliver greater value in the shortest possible time through information analysis. “As a result, our customers benefit from knowing more – doing more – achieving more – and working together,” says Christian Kohlmeyer, digital lead Central and Eastern Europe for ABB’s Power Generation & Water.

“With our digital services, we turn data into information that our customers can use directly. We create the optimal basis to take decisions and increase cost efficiency and thus optimise plant and fleet performance. Our goal is to create new value together.”

Digitisation not only improves operational efficiency, but also the availability of resources. Asset and operational information is collected, correlated and analysed around the clock in Collaborative Operations Centres to identify, categorise and prioritise performance improvement actions.

ABB Ability Collaborative Operations includes performance optimisation, remote monitoring and preventive analysis technologies. Foresighted analyses and key performance indicator (KPI) evaluations are visualised in dashboards to enable faster and more concrete business decisions.

Collaborative Operations at the Mannheim location

The newly opened Collaborative Operations Centre in Mannheim provides services from the board level to the management level of corporations. The services range from complex optimisation solutions to increase productivity, to forward-looking condition monitoring and energy optimisation, to cyber security modules and measures.

ABB experts analyse and monitor the plant data according to various criteria and support the following industries: power generation, water plants and networks, process industries, oil & gas, petrochemicals, mining as well as pulp, paper and metals. Customers in other industries can benefit from cross-industry benchmarks.

ABB will present Collaborative Operations at the Hannover Messe from April 23 to 27, 2018 in hall 1, booth A 35. For more information on ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations and its applications, please visit the ABB website.

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SIMalliance Members report shipments of 4.9bn SIMs in 2017, while estimated total available SIM market in 2017 increases 2.75% to 5.6bn units

By Zenobia Hegde

Data reported by SIMalliance shows that the collective SIM shipments of its members in 2017, which represented approximately 88% of the global SIM market, equalled 4.9 billion units. SIMalliance confirms that over the same period, the estimated total available global market for SIM cards has grown by 2.75%, with units rising from 5.45 billion to 5.6 billion.

The strongest annual shipment advances were seen in the Americas, where units increased by 4% to 813 million. The move back to positive growth in the region follows a period of stability between 2015-16 and was largely driven by demand for technically advanced, high-end SIM products and continued LTE migration. In 2017, annual shipments within North America rose by 7% driven by the ramp up of machine-to-machine (M2M) deployments in the region. Growth was also evident in South America (including Brazil), with an increase in units shipped of 2.5%.

A 2% overall gain in Asia strengthened the global picture in 2017, with 2.58 billion units shipped. This is the highest level ever reported in the region. As with the Americas, increases in Asia are attributed to advanced technology trends, such as growth in M2M deployments in China and continued regional LTE expansion.

China rebounded from the adverse impact of regulation and an uncertain economic climate to report significant growth of 25.5%. Market expansion was also reported across Japan / Korea and Indonesia. Throughout 2017, stabilisation was observed in India, as the market returns to normal demand following exceptionally high levels of shipments in 2016 created by a number of LTE launches by multiple mobile network operators (MNOs).

The impact of regulation requiring ID verification for new MNO subscriptions continued to be felt in 2017, particularly in specific European, Middle Eastern and Asian countries. While regulation may continue to affect volumes in some domestic markets throughout 2018, the recovery in recent years of key markets following regulation-induced contractions – such as China and India – evidences the capability for market corrections and growth following such periods.

Volumes across Europe remained static in 2017 at 417 million units. Stability in such a mature market, with high levels of smartphone penetration and subscriber acquisition, is expected.

Significant demand for Triple SIM products continued in 2017, with volumes now representing over three quarters of all global shipments. The considerable supply chain efficiencies and flexibility delivered by this form factor, which can be used in many device types and remains OEM agnostic, suggest that the Triple SIM will continue to account for an increasing proportion of total shipments in 2018.

Global shipments of cards that can be used in LTE networks rose by 21.5% to 1.7 billion units as migration to 4G networks continued throughout 2017. While all regions reported growth, there was no change from 2016 in the rank order of the four largest markets. Greater China remained the largest LTE SIM card market in 2017 with 395 million units. India retained its position as the second largest market with 390 million units. South America, including […]

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Aerohive® delivers industry-first combined SD-WAN & SD-LAN user & app traffic management

By Zenobia Hegde

Aerohive Networks®, a cloud Networking provider, announced an industry first for unified SD-WAN & SD-LAN access networks, adding end-to-end granular user and application policy enforcement, and new WAN and VPN link-performance analytics for greater insight into the overall operations of distributed networks.

As IT departments struggle with distributed network complexity, high MPLS costs, and reduced resources, SD-WAN has become a highly popular solution for reliable, cost-efficient, and centrally orchestrated networks. To further simplify remote network management and policy enforcement, Aerohive’s unified SD-LAN and SD-WAN platform has been enhanced with an industry-first single policy user-and-application-based traffic forwarding engine, and a new analytics dashboard detailing WAN utilisation, performance, and reliability metrics so that administrators can have a clear view of their network operations.

Building on its link-state monitoring and dynamic-path selection capabilities, Aerohive is now able to further optimise traffic forwarding decisions under a single unified policy for both the LAN and WAN infrastructure, based on a combination of user and application factors. From a single workflow, administrators can create granular rules that look deeper into the context of traffic flowing in and out of a remote site from access points to routers and beyond.

Administrators can, for example, create a policy that treats a corporate user using Skype very differently to a BYO or guest device using Skype, dictating which WAN links are used, with what bandwidth, etc. Once configured, all forwarding decisions are made in real-time, based on current link metrics. The end result is that WAN and VPN performance is increased, and stability and uptime are improved.

Complementing the new user and application profiling techniques, Aerohive has also introduced a large set of monitoring and analytics tools to HiveManager®, enabling administrators to view the effectiveness of their routing policies and WAN link states. With this recent update, a customer can now see real-time and historical analytics that illustrate VPN latency, packet loss, throughput statistics and overall link quality using a variety of key performance indicators.

Administrators can also view which applications are constraining bandwidth and make policy changes in minutes for thousands of sites. SD-WAN analytics help a customer understand how its WAN and VPN connections are performing along with the dynamic path-selection decisions that are being made. With this new insight, a level of assurance is offered to the customer as it witnesses first-hand the automatic optimisation of the Aerohive SD-WAN solution, delivering continued network operation and performance.

Aerohive’s SD-WAN solution addresses pitfalls of legacy WAN products by providing a software-defined solution that adapts to changing environments, reduces the dependency on expensive MPLS connections, and addresses the most common scalability concerns for WAN and VPN deployments. When combined with Aerohive’s SD-LAN access points and switches, administrators with large distributed access networks can radically simplify deployment, management, and ongoing support from a single, unified console.

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Huawei’s ‘One Cloud, One Lake, One Platform’ architecture accelerates intelligent transformation for customers

By Zenobia Hegde

At the 15th Huawei Global Analyst Summit (HAS2018), Huawei IT Product Line explores the business and technology values of IT infrastructure during digital transformation with the concept of “Intelligent IT Inspires Digital Future”. Huawei utilises the ‘One Cloud, One Lake, One Platform’ architecture to help customers innovate services and create business value based on application scenarios of customers in the government and public utilities, carrier, finance, transportation, and manufacturing fields.

“Inspired by new IT technologies including cloud, Big Data, and AI, IT infrastructure is not only a pillar of business, but also a driving force for creating business value,” said Hou Jinlong, president of Huawei’s IT Product Line. “The focus of enterprises has been shifting from effective utilisation of resources to sustainable business development, and from cost effectiveness to value creation. We are dedicated to tailoring innovative IT solutions to meet industry-specific requirements, to help enterprises solve problems and generate business value.”

The ‘One Cloud, One Lake, One Platform’ architecture based on Huawei IT infrastructure aims to help customers accelerate information system integration and sharing. One Cloud refers to a converged cloud infrastructure. The converged infrastructure features unified delivery, management, and service provisioning. One Lake refers to a data lake.

By aggregating data from all parties, a lake provides full-lifecycle data processing capabilities, including data collection, storage, computing, management, and utilisation. The data lake allows enterprises to transform their data resources into data assets. One Platform is an application enablement platform that integrates basic data services, general-purpose middleware, and industry-specific middleware to enable customers and ISVs to achieve service innovation.

Huawei has helped to implement digital change in a number of industries. In the carrier industry, Telecom Italia replaced legacy storage systems with Huawei all-flash arrays. Delivering the same capacity, the number of required cabinets was reduced from 55 to 9, the electricity fee was cut by 82%, the space usage was reduced by 82%, and the number of maintenance personnel was reduced by 50%. The storage performance was also improved by 55%, and the overall OpEx reduced by 73%.

Meanwhile in the financial industry, China Everbright Bank chose Huawei’s hyper-converged infrastructure to implement digital transformation in its 38 branches. The implementation took two days to put in a branch on average. The number of servers and cabinets required was reduced by 86% and the number of maintenance engineers decreased by 45%.

Finally, in the government and public utilities sector, Huawei helped the Zhejiang Jiaxing government build a government data lake, which not only simplified government work but also facilitated citizens’ daily activities. For example, registering a new company used to take two months, and people used to visit six government departments for primary school enrollment. Things are different now. The registration process takes only five days, and the enrollment can be completed through an online application.

Huawei IT Product Line is committed to accelerating digital and intelligent transformation for enterprises by using chips, architecture, and AI technologies. Huawei has also been working in the cloud computing, Big Data, computing, and storage domains for many years. According […]

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Huawei Storage with enhanced hybrid cloud capabilities accelerates enterprise cloud transformation

By Zenobia Hegde

On the 15th Huawei Global Analyst Summit, Huawei discussed how to bring the efficiency and convenience of the cloud to more enterprises and leverage AI technologies to enable digital transformation.

Michael Issa, storage product management senior director of Huawei, announced in a speech at the IT Infrastructure and Cloud Track that Huawei Storage now offers enhanced hybrid cloud capabilities. The enhancement will better support the vision of Huawei Storage: ”Data on Demand”.

Huawei helps enterprises use storage resources as cloud services, and supports moving mission-critical services to the cloud without any modification. That is, data is streamlined on- and off-premises.

The enhanced hybrid cloud capabilities of Huawei Storage include:

Backup: With the built-in backup feature, a storage system can back up data to the public cloud without a backup server. Moreover, data can be quickly and easily restored on the cloud, reducing the TCO.
Disaster recovery: On-premises enterprise storage can interconnect with the Dedicated Enterprise Storage Service (DESS) of HUAWEI CLOUD to implement remote disaster recovery, helping those enterprises working on a tight budget quickly build a disaster recovery centre.
Data aggregation: Companies can replicate local data to a public cloud and perform Big Data analysis without having to build a Big Data analysis platform.
Management: On-premises and off-premises storage resources are managed in a unified manner. Data can flow freely between local data centres and the public cloud, simplifying operations.

Michael Issa

In 2016, Huawei started to develop their storage solution for hybrid cloud. OceanStor BCManager, a management software of Huawei, can back up data to a public cloud, so that users do not need to build an independent backup data centre.

In March 2017, Huawei officially released the Storage as a Service (STaaS) solution to centrally manage storage devices such as SAN, NAS, and object storage on one interface, helping enterprises consolidate storage systems into resource pools and providing intelligent data and O&M management.

In September 2017, Huawei released the industry’s first DESS that supports moving mission-critical enterprise services to public cloud without any modification. Now, with the enhanced storage capabilities designed for hybrid clouds, Huawei further optimizes the interaction between and unified management of online and offline resources to provide better service experience for customers.

Currently, Huawei Storage is serving more than 8,000 customers in over 150 countries. With the vision of ”Data on Demand” and comprehensive product capabilities, Huawei Storage is dedicated to providing service capabilities that meet requirements of each type of enterprise applications, constructing data service platforms oriented to cloud data centres, and helping customers achieve agile cloud transformation.

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Silicon Labs completes acquisition of Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave business

By Zenobia Hegde

Silicon Labs and Sigma Designs, Inc. announced the completion of Silicon Labs’ acquisition of Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave business, including a team of approximately 100 employees, for $240 million (€194.47 million) in an all-cash transaction. Z-Wave is a leading mesh networking technology for the smart home.

More than 2,400 certified, interoperable Z-Wave devices are available from the thriving Z-Wave Alliance of more than 700 manufacturers and service providers worldwide.

Combining Z-Wave’s mesh technology and product interoperability focus with Silicon Labs’ multiprotocol expertise gives smart home developers access to a large, varied network of ecosystems and to a full range of end-node technology options that open the door to millions of potential smart home users. The strategic acquisition complements Silicon Labs’ comprehensive wireless hardware and software portfolio for the smart home, which today includes Wi-Fi®, Zigbee®, Thread, Bluetooth® and proprietary protocols.

“Adding Z-Wave to Silicon Labs’ extensive IoT connectivity portfolio allows us to deliver a unified vision for the wireless technologies underpinning the smart home market,” said Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs. “A secure, interoperable customer experience is at the heart of how smart home products are designed, deployed and managed. Our smart home vision is one where multiple technologies work securely together, where any device using any of our connectivity options easily joins the home network, and where security updates and feature upgrades occur automatically.”

“Together, Silicon Labs and the Z-Wave Alliance and its ecosystems will continue to advance the Z-Wave technology roadmap, delivering innovations that engage millions of smart home product users,” said Raoul Wijgergangs, vice president and general manager of Z-Wave. “Z-Wave is a proven, broadly deployed technology that just reached the milestone of 100 million devices in the market. The acquisition will drive collaboration and expand access to a diverse ecosystem network of partners including Amazon, Alarm.com, ADT, Samsung SmartThings, Yale, Vivint, Google Home and Comcast.”

“We are pleased Sigma’s shareholders overwhelmingly approved the sale of our Z-Wave business to Silicon Labs,” said Elias Nader, Interim president and CEO, and CFO of Sigma Designs. “This asset sale is a significant milestone in the process to return capital to our shareholders as soon as feasible.”

Silicon Labs expects the acquisition to be accretive to 2018 non-GAAP earnings. Additional financial details and guidance will be provided in Silicon Labs’ first quarter fiscal 2018 earnings call on April 25, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. Central Time.

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