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News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced that ADTRAN Mosaic is the winner of the Light Reading 2017 Leading Lights Awards in the Most Innovative SDN/SD-WAN Product Strategy (Vendor) category. The Leading Lights winners were announced at an awards dinner on Monday, May 15, in Austin, Texas, on the eve of the Big Communications Event (www.bigcommunicationsevent.com). Now in its 13th year, Leading Lights is the communications industry's leading awards program, recognizing top companies and executives each year for their outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, services, strategies and innovations. “As telecom and cable operators seek to optimize their networks for service velocity, agility and differentiation, ADTRAN Mosaic is the leading SD-Access solution providing the path to modular, component-based network architectures that are open, programmable and scalable,” said Gary Bolton, vice president of marketing, ADTRAN. “We are honored to receive the Leading Lights Award for most innovative SDN/SD-WAN solution as we work to continue to meet our customers’ evolving network architecture needs. This represents the eighth industry award for Mosaic.” ADTRAN Mosaic enables service providers to accelerate their path to SD-Access architecture, allowing them to better compete with emerging OTT providers operating at web-scale. 10 Gigabit PON and G.fast technologies, which are being trialed by leading Tier 1 carriers around the world, are being rapidly on-boarded using ADTRAN Mosaic. The key components of Mosaic include: "The quality and number of submissions we received this year across all of our categories, which this year included specialist awards for Outstanding Communications Technology Vision and Most Innovative 5G Technology Strategy, was testament to the innovation that underpins developments in the global communications industry and once again showed how seriously the industry takes this awards program," said Light Reading International Group Editor Ray Le Maistre. "The winners, and all of the finalists, can be proud of their achievements, as can the quartet of Hall of Fame inductees. Congratulations to all!" A complete list of all of the 2017 Leading Lights awards winners can be found here: http://www.lightreading.com/bce/leading-lights-2017-the-winners/d/d-id/732837 Judging was conducted by Light Reading's editors and the analyst team from Heavy Reading (http://www.heavyreading.com). ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com. Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) helps the global communications industry make informed decisions. The LightReading.com site is the definitive source for next-generation communications analysis for more than 450,000 users each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading also produces live events for executives charged with monetizing cable, New IP, optical, Ethernet, mobile, gigabit cities, security, virtualization and components.


Award presented during annual dinner at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2017 conference PETACH TIKVA, ISRAEL--(Marketwired - May 22, 2017) - ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network® solutions, for service providers, critical infrastructures, and data centers operators, announced today it has won the Utilities Technology Council 2017 IMPACT award, software category, for its LightSEC™ cybersecurity solution for critical infrastructures. The award honors UTC Associate Member Organizations that are changing the industry through innovative and proven solutions, and recognizes that utility communications technology saves lives, protects property, speeds restoration, and puts communities on the path to recover. "The annual UTC Awards dinner is a very special time that we can come together and recognize achievement, excellence and contributions that ultimately drive our industry forward and improve the communities we serve -- and most important, the people," said Matt Schnell, UTC Chairman of the Board. "Winning the UTC impact award software category for our LightSEC™ cybersecurity solution is an honor, and we would like to thank the Utilities Technology Council for recognizing ECI's pioneering work with our industry-leading cybersecurity solution," said ECI EVP Global Portfolio, Jimmy Mizrahi. "As cities get smarter and the Internet of Things proliferates within modern communities, there is a real market need for a utility-tailored cybersecurity solution. LightSEC successfully merges the best of networking with the best of security. ECI is dedicated to equipping our customers with the latest technology and solutions so they can adapt in these changing times, and ultimately thrive in a connected future. This award further validates our work." LightSEC ensures that critical infrastructures around the world meet their security challenges head on. Specifically, LightSEC enables utilities to prevent attacks where they occur, guard the integrity of their SCADA/OT networks, provides security officers with the ability to quickly sift through the myriad of alerts and focus on those most critical. All in a cost-effective, future proof solution. LightSEC is comprised of three major pillars: This is the second award LightSEC has received in the past year, and the third time ECI was shortlisted for this solution. LightSEC is currently being implemented by a variety of utilities worldwide. Additional achievements this year include, Light Reading naming VP Sarit Tager as a Leading Lights finalist 2017 for "Women in Comms," and Light Reading naming ECI as a finalist for the Outstanding Communications Technology Vision in the Leading Lights awards for 2017. ABOUT ECI ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cybersecurity solution, and a range of professional services. ECI's ELASTIC solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have the luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today while being flexible enough to evolve with the changing needs of tomorrow.


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

For effective parent engagement, school districts increasingly rely on social media, turn more to mobile apps, and, ultimately, recognize that they must use multiple communications channels. These are the key findings of a national survey conducted by West Corporation to discover how districts are currently using communications technology for parent engagement, to examine perceived effectiveness of various methods, and to learn about districts’ plans for growth. Complete results of the survey will be released in a SchoolMessenger solutions webinar, “From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement With Communications Technology,” on June 1 at 11 am PDT/2 pm EDT. Hundreds of West’s district-level customers, reflecting the national mix of district sizes and settings, completed the online survey. Respondents included district leadership such as superintendents, technology directors, communications officers, and those with similar titles and roles. Among the top three findings of the survey is, overall, district use of mobile apps to build parent engagement is increasing. Districts plan a 44 percent increase in the emphasis they put on the use of mobile apps over the next one-to-three years. Yet, in contrast, they expressed concern about the impact on parents and guardians of the proliferation of communications apps from various sources. In addition, districts believe that for maximum engagement, they must use multiple channels. Broadcast voice notification remains important as a method, likely in part because 45 percent of respondents also report that parent internet access is a significant obstacle to using technology to better engage parents. Finally, use of social media as a parent engagement channel is very strong now and appears that it will remain so. Districts say they will make social media a top communications technology priority for investment of time and resources over the next one-to-three years. Generally, a majority of respondents perceive two-way communications with parents (such as social media posts with responses) as more effective for engagement than one-way communication. The webinar, which is open to SchoolMessenger solutions customers and other professionals responsible for school communications, will feature Elisabeth O'Bryon, Ph.D., co-founder and head of research of Family Engagement Lab, a nonprofit subsidiary of GreatSchools, Inc., whose mission is to help schools ignite the power of millions of families to support learning, and Frank Catalano, vice president of West’s Education group and the study’s primary author. Dr. O’Bryon was previously a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and most recently the director of research and evaluation at GreatSchools, where she assessed the effectiveness of digital information strategies for preK-12 families. “We know that when families engage with school, children succeed,” said Dr. O’Bryon. “Our research shows that parents want to receive information from the school about how their child is doing academically, the key skills they are supposed to learn and strategies for supporting their child’s learning. Unfortunately, 32 percent of parents are less than satisfied with the information communicated by their schools. The good news is that, when used appropriately, the digital communications technologies explored in West’s survey have the potential to help schools meaningfully boost their family engagement efforts.” West’s Catalano added, “Our survey demonstrates that not one size, or one method, fits all for using communications technologies to engage parents. However, with the wide range of communications technologies available today to school districts, selecting what best meet the unique needs of a district’s community can be a multiple-choice answer.” Participants in the webinar will receive a white paper exploring the survey results in depth. To register for the June 1 webinar, visit http://bit.ly/Jun2017SMWebinar. About West (SchoolMessenger Solutions) West Corporation is the trusted provider of SchoolMessenger solutions. Thousands of schools and other educational institutions in all 50 states and Canada depend on SchoolMessenger products and services. From notifications and websites to custom mobile apps and social media, school leaders have relied on the SchoolMessenger platform since 1999 to engage with their communities in multiple languages and on any device. To learn more about SchoolMessenger products, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Students in the New England School of Communications’ (NESCom) journalism program at Husson University interviewed four Korean War Era veterans as part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP). The recorded interviews will be part of the Library’s permanent collection. To see interview visit the NESCom YouTube playlist. A news conference featuring four of the Korean War era veterans will be held at the Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road, Bangor, Maine at 10:00 a.m. on May 1. Members of the media are welcome to attend and learn more about the project. Veterans and participating students will be available for interviews. “While the Korean War ended in 1953 with the signing of an armistice, the aftermath of this armed conflict created a set of conditions that continues to challenge world peace,” said Jeffrey Hope, an instructor in NESCom’s journalism program. “This project has provided journalism students with an opportunity to interview individuals who were a part of history. In addition to helping our journalism students refine their interviewing techniques; this experience has enriched their understanding of politics and a conflict that changed the world.” The veterans were contacted through the Cole Land Transportation Museum where they serve as volunteers and help educate Maine students about their Korean War era experiences. This is the second time Husson has collaborated with museum Executive Director Jim Neville on creating veteran oral histories. The veterans were interviewed at Husson University’s New England School of Communications. Over the past two years, NESCom Journalism Program Coordinator and Instructor Jeffrey Hope and his students have submitted eight interviews to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. As part of his interview, Albert Gibson, a Korean War veteran was asked about the time he served. He said, “A lot of people thought that the Korean War never gained anything. We saved South Korea from being part of North Korea – and look at what North Korea is like today.” The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center is an oral history program that preserves the personal accounts of America's wartime veterans. It is designed to help future generations better understand the realities of war from those who served their country during armed conflicts. The interviews will also be invaluable to future scholars and researchers who are interested in better understanding the World War II experience from the service person’s perspective. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000. The Cole Land Transportation Museum preserves and displays a selection of Maine’s land transportation equipment in hopes to inspire today’s generation through their predecessors’ triumphs. In addition, the museum works closely with veterans to bring their knowledge and experiences to the area children and community members. The museum is open May 1 through November 11, seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Children under 19 are admitted free. More information can be found by visiting ColeMuseum.org or calling (207) 990-3600 ext. 13. The New England School of Communications (NESCom) at Husson University offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Communications Technology, Mass Communications, and Entertainment Production. Within these degrees, students may choose from concentrations in Audio Engineering, Live Sound Technology, Video Production, WebMedia, Journalism, Marketing Communications, Radio Broadcasting, Entertainment Production, and Sports Journalism. The New England School of Communications specializes in communications, providing students with a hands-on experience that gives them the education and skills needed for today's job market. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in South Portland, Wells, and Presque Isle provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.bbc.co.uk

Thailand has backed off from a threat to ban Facebook for failing to block illegal content, including posts critical of the monarchy. The social media network was given a deadline of 10:00 local time (04:00 GMT) to block 131 pages from being seen within Thailand. But Facebook, and the offending pages, remained accessible on Tuesday. Authorities said they held off from taking action as court orders were not delivered to Facebook in time. Authorities had issued their threat to ban and take legal action against Facebook last week. More than a third of the 131 pages were deemed to have violated Thailand's strict lese-majeste laws, which forbid insults to the royal family. The rest of the pages were identified to contain other kinds of illegal content such as pornography, phishing scams, and gambling. After the Tuesday morning deadline had passed, the secretary-general of the Thai telecom regulator Takorn Tantasith told reporters that criminal court orders had been issued for 34 pages, and authorities were seeking court orders for the other 97 pages. However, none of the documents had been sent to Facebook yet, added Mr Takorn from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), which meant the pages were still accessible in Thailand. He also told reporters that Facebook was "co-operating with Thailand". Facebook has yet to comment publicly on the matter. It isn't clear yet whether a new deadline for compliance has been set. Facebook has already blocked hundreds of posts considered offensive to the monarchy; thousands of websites have also been blocked. More than 100 people have been charged under the lese-majeste law since the military seized power three years ago. Acquittals are rare, and sentences of up to 30 years in prison have been given for using Facebook to post anti-monarchy comments. The government seems determined to ensure that no material it deems damaging to the monarchy is visible in Thailand, despite the challenge of doing this in an open economy, and in the digital information age. It is especially sensitive about photographs of the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn which have been circulated by some critics of the monarchy. The king, who succeeded his father last December, has had a colourful personal life, although the severe lese-majeste law makes any discussion of the monarchy impossible inside Thailand. In 2015, when Facebook set up an office in Thailand, it said 34 million Thais were using Facebook every month, and that they posted three times more than the global average. Most social media monitoring companies predict the number of users in Thailand has grown significantly since then. The firm has previously said it carefully scrutinises requests made by governments wanting to restrict content. If it determines the content does violate local laws, it makes it unavailable in the country and notifies people who try to access it. In May 2014, days after the military coup, Thailand blocked access to Facebook, with the Information Communications Technology Ministry saying the order came from the military. The military denied this. The military government has increased censorship of online content since coming to power - especially criticism of the royal family. Last month it banned Thais making any contact or sharing content from three outspoken critics of the monarchy.


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

The Telecom Industry's Most Prestigious Awards Have Recognized the Leaders in the Communications Networking Industry, Including Those Innovating in NFV, 5G, SDN, the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Services and More NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 16, 2017) - Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), the market-leading online community for the global communications sector, today announced the winners for this year's Leading Lights Awards, with major industry names including AT&T, Amdocs, Cisco Systems, Equinix, Nokia and Qualcomm amongst this year's winners. The winners of the Leading Lights Awards, the telecom industry's most prestigious awards program that is now in its 13th year, and the identities of the latest inductees to the Light Reading Hall of Fame, were announced last night at an exclusive awards dinner held at Austin's Brazos Hall. The awards were held on the eve of the Big Communications Event (www.bigcommunicationsevent.com). The 2017 Leading Lights program, which this year comprised 23 core awards and two Women in Comms categories, recognizes top companies and executives for their outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, services, strategies and innovations. "The quality and number of submissions we received this year across all of our categories, which this year included specialist awards for Outstanding Communications Technology Vision and Most Innovative 5G Technology Strategy, was testament to the innovation that underpins developments in the global communications industry and once again showed how seriously the industry takes this awards program," said Light Reading International Group Editor Ray Le Maistre. "The winners, and all of the finalists, can be proud of their achievements, as can the quartet of Hall of Fame inductees. Congratulations to all!" To find out who won see: The Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made a notable contribution to the global communications sector. This year's Light Reading Hall of Fame Inductees include Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings, and Stanford University professor Nick McKeown. For the full details of all four new inductees, watch our video: Leading Lights judging was conducted by Light Reading's editors with input from the analyst team at Heavy Reading (http://www.heavyreading.com). About Light Reading  Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) helps the global communications industry make informed decisions. The LightReading.com site is the definitive source for next-generation communications analysis for more than 450,000 users each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading also produces live events for executives charged with monetizing cable, New IP, optical, Ethernet, mobile, gigabit cities, security, virtualization and components.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

Sequoia Capital China Joins Team of Global Leading Investors as Klook Further Expands Spectrum of In-Destination Services HONG KONG, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Klook, Asia's largest attractions, tours, and activities booking platform, today announced it has raised US$30 million in Series B funding led by Sequoia Capital China. Existing investors including Matrix Partners, ex-Tencent executive-backed Welight Capital also participated with follow-on investments. The funds will further Klook's global expansion efforts to offer one-stop booking for travelers to enjoy everything from attractions, tours and activities to local transfers, dining experiences, shopping, etc. Founded in late 2014, Klook's team of investors already includes some of the world's leading venture capitalists. "Scale advantage is a prominent element in the travel industry, especially within the highly fragmented in-destination sector," said Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China. "With combined strengths in transaction and community, Klook has become a proven leader in Asia.  We're happy to join the company on this exciting journey going forward." "Ever since our initial investment, the Klook team has demonstrated great business judgment backed by sound execution," added David Zhang, Founding Managing Partner of Matrix Partners. "Having witnessed the rapid growth of the business, we are convinced that Klook has firmly established itself as the clear winner in this space and we're pleased to continue our support." Klook's platform covers over 80 popular destinations in Asia and beyond, providing more than 10,000 attractions, tours, and activities. Last year, the company helped travelers book a record 5 million trips. To support this growth, Klook has developed into a team of over 200 staffers based in 8 offices across Asia. "Klook is shaping the way people discover destinations and customize itineraries," said Ethan Lin, CEO & Co-Founder of Klook. "Over the past two years, we've been tirelessly reinventing the supply chain and innovating our UI to create a seamless booking experience for millions of users. Now with a few clicks or taps, the travel services you need and the activities you seek will all be at your fingertips." Looking ahead, Klook will be broadening its scope of operations beyond Asia to meet the spending power and growing appetite of Asian travelers. The company is confident that as travelers make more mid to long-haul journeys out of the region, there will be a significant demand to access everything a destination has to offer on one consolidated platform. "We are proud of our achievements in the attractions, tours and activities segment, and now we are expanding the spectrum of our in-destination offers," said Eric Gnock Fah, COO & Co-Founder of Klook. "After seeing great results in our newly launched local transfer & wifi vertical, we are enthusiastically diving deeper into the in-destination ecosystem to offer a wider array of services, from dining and wellness experiences to shopping deals, for travelers to enjoy wherever they go." Besides building a bigger portfolio of experiences and services, Klook is also developing the largest collection of travel videos in the industry. From original content to exploring new formats like 360 or VR videos, the team at Klook will be focused on creating an engaging discovery and booking experience on all of its platforms. Klook is Asia's largest platform to book a wide array of in-destination services at the best prices. We give travelers the chance to discover and enjoy every memorable moment from adventure thrills at Universal Studios Japan, one-of-a-kind experiences like shipwreck diving in Bali, gourmet dining aboard the Singapore Cable Car, to the airport express and Pocket WiFi at Hong Kong Airport. Klook was named Best Internet & Communications Technology Startup by the Hong Kong Government in 2015, and won the Future Commerce Award hosted by Taiwan's largest tech media Digitimes in 2016. Klook's mobile platform was featured and awarded "Best of 2015" by Apple and "Best App of the Year" by Google Play. As "The Entrepreneurs Behind The Entrepreneurs", Sequoia Capital China focuses on four sectors: TMT, healthcare, consumer/service, and new energy/advanced manufacturing. Over the past 12 years, we've had the privilege of working with more than 300 companies in China, including Alibaba, Ali Pictures, AutoNavi, Beta Pharma, BGI, Deppon Logistics, Dianping, Didi, DJI, Ganji.com, Hero Entertainment, JD.com, Jumei, Meituan, Meilishuo, Momo, Noah, Ourpalm, Plateno Hotels Group, Qihoo 360, Sina.com, SINNET, Snibe Diagnostic, Toutiao, VanceInfo, VIPshop, Wanda Cinemas, Weigao Group, Yuwell Medical, ZTO Express. Sequoia has operations in China, India, Israel, and the United States. About Matrix Partners Matrix Partners is a venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Beijing and Shanghai. Matrix China invests in early stage companies, particularly in following sectors: mobile, online finance, enterprise service and health care. Notable investments include Didi-Kuaidi, Cheetah mobile, Momo, Qihoo, etc. To learn more about our investors, please visit:


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

HONG KONG, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Klook, Asia's largest attractions, tours, and activities booking platform, today announced it has raised US$30 million in Series B funding led by Sequoia Capital China. Existing investors including Matrix Partners, ex-Tencent executive-backed Welight Capital also participated with follow-on investments. The funds will further Klook's global expansion efforts to offer one-stop booking for travelers to enjoy everything from attractions, tours and activities to local transfers, dining experiences, shopping, etc. Founded in late 2014, Klook's team of investors already includes some of the world's leading venture capitalists. "Scale advantage is a prominent element in the travel industry, especially within the highly fragmented in-destination sector," said Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China. "With combined strengths in transaction and community, Klook has become a proven leader in Asia.  We're happy to join the company on this exciting journey going forward." "Ever since our initial investment, the Klook team has demonstrated great business judgment backed by sound execution," added David Zhang, Founding Managing Partner of Matrix Partners. "Having witnessed the rapid growth of the business, we are convinced that Klook has firmly established itself as the clear winner in this space and we're pleased to continue our support." Klook's platform covers over 80 popular destinations in Asia and beyond, providing more than 10,000 attractions, tours, and activities. Last year, the company helped travelers book a record 5 million trips. To support this growth, Klook has developed into a team of over 200 staffers based in 8 offices across Asia. "Klook is shaping the way people discover destinations and customize itineraries," said Ethan Lin, CEO & Co-Founder of Klook. "Over the past two years, we've been tirelessly reinventing the supply chain and innovating our UI to create a seamless booking experience for millions of users. Now with a few clicks or taps, the travel services you need and the activities you seek will all be at your fingertips." Looking ahead, Klook will be broadening its scope of operations beyond Asia to meet the spending power and growing appetite of Asian travelers. The company is confident that as travelers make more mid to long-haul journeys out of the region, there will be a significant demand to access everything a destination has to offer on one consolidated platform. "We are proud of our achievements in the attractions, tours and activities segment, and now we are expanding the spectrum of our in-destination offers," said Eric Gnock Fah, COO & Co-Founder of Klook. "After seeing great results in our newly launched local transfer & wifi vertical, we are enthusiastically diving deeper into the in-destination ecosystem to offer a wider array of services, from dining and wellness experiences to shopping deals, for travelers to enjoy wherever they go." Besides building a bigger portfolio of experiences and services, Klook is also developing the largest collection of travel videos in the industry. From original content to exploring new formats like 360 or VR videos, the team at Klook will be focused on creating an engaging discovery and booking experience on all of its platforms. Klook is Asia's largest platform to book a wide array of in-destination services at the best prices. We give travelers the chance to discover and enjoy every memorable moment from adventure thrills at Universal Studios Japan, one-of-a-kind experiences like shipwreck diving in Bali, gourmet dining aboard the Singapore Cable Car, to the airport express and Pocket WiFi at Hong Kong Airport. Klook was named Best Internet & Communications Technology Startup by the Hong Kong Government in 2015, and won the Future Commerce Award hosted by Taiwan's largest tech media Digitimes in 2016. Klook's mobile platform was featured and awarded "Best of 2015" by Apple and "Best App of the Year" by Google Play. As "The Entrepreneurs Behind The Entrepreneurs", Sequoia Capital China focuses on four sectors: TMT, healthcare, consumer/service, and new energy/advanced manufacturing. Over the past 12 years, we've had the privilege of working with more than 300 companies in China, including Alibaba, Ali Pictures, AutoNavi, Beta Pharma, BGI, Deppon Logistics, Dianping, Didi, DJI, Ganji.com, Hero Entertainment, JD.com, Jumei, Meituan, Meilishuo, Momo, Noah, Ourpalm, Plateno Hotels Group, Qihoo 360, Sina.com, SINNET, Snibe Diagnostic, Toutiao, VanceInfo, VIPshop, Wanda Cinemas, Weigao Group, Yuwell Medical, ZTO Express. Sequoia has operations in China, India, Israel, and the United States. About Matrix Partners Matrix Partners is a venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Beijing and Shanghai. Matrix China invests in early stage companies, particularly in following sectors: mobile, online finance, enterprise service and health care. Notable investments include Didi-Kuaidi, Cheetah mobile, Momo, Qihoo, etc. To learn more about our investors, please visit:


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.spie.org

The FireFly architecture features free-space optics communication links and represents an extreme design approach to meet the requirements of modern robust data center networks. Data centers (DCs)—facilities that are used to centralize the IT operations and equipment of an organization—represent a critical piece of modern networked applications, in both the private and public sectors. The trend toward DCs has been driven by a number of key factors, e.g., economies of scale, reduced management costs, better use of hardware (via statistical multiplexing), and the ability to elastically scale applications in response to changing workload patterns. In particular, a robust network fabric is fundamental for the success of DCs, i.e., to ensure that the network does not become a bottleneck for high-performance applications. In this context, the design of a DC network must satisfy several goals, including high performance (e.g., high throughput and low latency), low equipment and management costs, robustness to dynamic traffic patterns, incremental expandability to add new servers or racks, as well as other practical concerns (e.g., cabling complexity, and power and cooling costs). Currently available DC network architectures, however, do not provide satisfactory solutions to these requirements. There are two main problems with traditional static (wired) networks. They are either ‘overprovisioned’ to account for worst-case traffic patterns and thus incur high costs (e.g., with fat trees or Clos architectures), or they are ‘oversubscribed’ (such as with simple trees or leaf-spine architectures). Although the latter networks have low costs, they offer poor performance because of their congested links. In recent studies, attempts have been made to overcome these limitations by augmenting a static ‘core’ with some flexible links (radio-frequency or optical wireless). These augmented architectures do show some promise, but they provide only a small improvement in performance. Moreover, all these architectures involve high cabling costs and complexities. In our work,1 we envision an extreme design point to meet the requirements of modern DC networks rather than trying to incrementally improve the cost-performance tradeoffs, high cabling complexity, and rigidity of current DC architectures. In our architecture vision—known as FireFly—we use free-space optics (FSO) communication links to realize a fully flexible, all-wireless inter-rack fabric. FSO communication technology is particularly well suited to our aim because it offers very high data rates (tens of Gb/s) over longranges (more than 100m), while having low transmission power and a small interference footprint. A conceptual overview of our FireFly architecture vision is shown in Figure 1. In our design, each top-of-rack (ToR) switch has flexible (steerable) FSO links that can be dynamically reconfigured to connect to other ToRs. The controller reconfigures the topology to adapt to current traffic workloads. This vision provides several benefits over current DC architectures. For instance, our topological flexibility (if achieved correctly) provides a low-cost option (i.e., few switches and links) with performance comparable to more expensive overprovisioned networks. In addition, our all-wireless fabric eliminates cabling complexity and associated overheads (e.g., obstructed cooling). Our approach can also facilitate new and radical DC topology structures that would otherwise remain at the ‘paper design’ phase because of their cabling complexity. Lastly, our method of flexibly turning links on or off brings us closer to realizing the aim of energy-proportional DCs (and the flexibility enables easier incremental expansion of a DC). Figure 1. Schematic illustration of the FireFly architecture. FSO: Free-space optics. ToR: Top of rack. The unique characteristics of our approach (i.e., the FSO-based inter-rack links and the fully flexible topology) give rise to novel algorithmic, networking, and system-level challenges that need to be addressed before our vision can be made into a reality. First, we need to develop cost-effective and robust link technologies that have small form factors and that can be steered at short timescales to impart flexibility. Second, we require algorithmic techniques to design the efficient and flexible networks. Third, we need new network management solutions. These may include algorithms for the joint optimization problem of runtime topology selection and traffic engineering, as well as data-plane mechanisms to guarantee various consistency and performance requirements. In our recent work,1 we have demonstrated the viability of our FireFly architecture by building a proof-of-concept prototype (with commodity components) for a steerable, small-form-factor FSO device (see Figure 2). We have also developed practical heuristics to address the algorithmic and system-level challenges in the network design and management of our architecture. In addition, we have developed techniques to provide line-of-sight for FSO links in the FireFly architecture. For our steerable, small-form-factor FSO device, we have been exploring the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mirrors as a steering technology to steer the FSO beams with minimal latency. In this device, we use a collimated laser beam that is transmitted from the fiber collimator of an FSO terminal. The laser beam passes onto a gimbal-less two-axis MEMS micromirror (2mm diameter) and thus steers the beam in an ultrafast manner within a large optical deflection (10°) over the entire device bandwidth (1.2kHz). The MEMS mirror deflects the beam into a wide-angle lens that magnifies (about three times) the optical scan angles of the system. This magnification is linear and therefore results in an overall scan capability field of view of more than 30°. The power consumption of this system is less than 1mW and thus several orders of magnitude lower than that of galvanometer mirrors. The outgoing FSO beam from our MEMS beam-steering mechanism passes through autopoints and onto a receiving aperture (where it is efficiently coupled into a fiber collimator). With this fast and precise MEMS steering mechanism, we can switch the FSO from one rack to the next for reconfigurable networking. It also enables an autocorrection mechanism for fixing any misalignments (in real time). Figure 2. Photographs of the MEMS (microelectromechanical systems)-based proof-of-concept prototype assembly used to realize steerable FSO beams. In summary, we have designed the novel FireFly architecture for radically improving modern DC networks. Our vision includes unique characteristics, such as FSO-based inter-rack links and a fully flexible topology. Such features give rise to a number of algorithmic, networking, and system-level challenges that we are working to address. We have recently demonstrated the feasibility of our architecture with a proof-of-concept prototype for a MEMS-based steerable, small-form-factor FSO device. There are, however, various challenges that we need to address before we can realize commercialization of our architecture. In our current work we are thus building a small testbed for the FireFly architecture, which includes autoalignment through the use of galvanometers and MEMS steering technologies. We now plan to demonstrate the resilience of our FSO-link technologies against indoor effects, e.g., rack vibrations and temperature variations. This project was supported by the National Science Foundation award 1513866 (NeTS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Flexible All-Wireless Inter-Rack Fabric for Datacenters using Free-Space Optics) and represents a collaboration between faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and graduate students at Pennsylvania State University, Stony Brook University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Pennsylvania State University Mohsen Kavehrad has been the W. L. Weiss Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering since 1997, and is the founding director of the Center for Information and Communications Technology Research. He has previously worked for Bell Laboratories and is a fellow of the IEEE. He is the author of more than 400 papers, several books and book chapters, and holds several patents. Department of Computer Science Stony Brook University Samir Das received his PhD in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He previously studied at Jadavpur University, India, and the Indian Institute of Science. He has also worked briefly at the Indian Statistical Institute. He moved to Stony Brook in 2002 and was previously a faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio and then at the University of Cincinnati. Himanshu Gupta obtained his PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1999 and his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1992. In his recent research he focuses on theoretical issues associated with wireless networking. In particular, he is interested in sensor networks and databases. His other research interests include database systems and theory, e.g., materialized views, (multiple) query optimization, and data analysis. Jon Longtin joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 1996. He is the author of more than 130 technical research publications, including a number of book chapters. He also holds six issued and three pending US patents. His expertise is in the thermal sciences, with a focus on the development of laser-based optical techniques for the measurement of temperature, concentration, and thermal properties. He is also interested in the use of ultrafast lasers for precision material processing and micromachining, and the development of sensors for harsh environments (e.g., direct-write thermal spray technology). He has been the recipient of a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellowship, the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Stony Brook Excellence in Teaching award. He is a registered professional engineer in New York State. School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Vyas Sekar is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010 and earned his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (during which he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal). His research interests lie at the intersection of networking, security, and systems. He has also received a number of best paper awards, e.g., at the Association for Computing Machinery's SIGCOMM, CoNext, and Multimedia conferences.


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NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency to supply TITUS solutions to numerous member states and agencies BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - Feb. 15, 2017) - TITUS, the worldwide market leader in classification and protection solutions for unstructured data, and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency today announced the signing of a joint Master Service Agreement (MSA). This agreement will enable TITUS to supply their solutions to NCI Agency, NATO Member Nations and other NATO entities. Cybersecurity is a major area of concern for NATO, and is considered the fourth domain of operations after air, land and water. NATO and its member agencies need to be prepared to defend networks and operations against the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and attacks that it faces. TITUS classification and policy enforcement tools ensure unstructured information in email and documents is classified, protectively marked and effectively secured. TITUS solutions enable users to apply uniform, consistent, and comprehensive markings. By ensuring information is properly marked, TITUS solution help promote cross-domain sharing and reduce spillage of classified and sensitive information. Several NATO agencies and projects run by NCI Agency have been using TITUS solutions to help classify and secure unstructured data. With this agreement in place, they will be able to streamline and standardize on TITUS solutions across the agency, as well as NATO Member Nations. Mitch Robinson, President and Chief Operating Officer at TITUS, said: "We are pleased to see the continuation and growth of our relationship with NATO and specifically NCIA. While TITUS solutions have already been in use by some NATO member agencies, with this agreement in place we look forward to working more closely together to achieve consistent, effective information protection across the board." TITUS products enhance data loss prevention by classifying and protecting sensitive information in emails, documents and other file types - on the desktop, on mobile devices, and in the Cloud. TITUS solutions are trusted by millions of users in over 120 countries around the world. Our customers include Dell, Provident Bank, Dow Corning, Safran Morpho, United States Air Force, NATO, Pratt and Whitney, Canadian Department of National Defence, and the Australian Department of Defence. Additional information is available at www.TITUS.com. The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency provides the Alliance with advanced Information and Communications Technology and C4ISR, including cyber and missile defence. NCI Agency connects forces, NATO and nations. Supporting NATO operations is NCI Agency's top priority.

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