… In an apparent vote of confidence for her turnaround efforts, HP named CEO Meg Whitman chair of the board, replacing Ralph Whitworth. The company also named Pat Russo as the board’s lead independent director. Russo is the former CEO of Alcatel-Lucent and was CEO and chair of Lucent.
… Separately, VMware struck a deal to supply software for a hybrid cloud service China Telecom is building. Reuters noted that the deal comes as China has been shying away from U.S. vendors, a reaction to revelations of NSA spying.
… The Okinawa Open Laboratory is using QualiSystems‘ CloudShell software for orchestration and workflow automation, as QualiSystems announced this week. The lab was founded by NTT, NEC, and IIGA Co. as a place for industry and academia to test out networking ideas, especially those related to SDN and cloud computing.
… Layer 4-7 specialist A10 Networks announced the Thunder SPE appliance for high-speed security and policy enforcement, with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks being a particular priority. The company also added DDoS protection to its Thunder CGN product line.
… On a related note, Juniper strengthened its DDoS Secure product to better withstand massive attacks.
And here’s our other news coverage from the week: