… Palo Alto Networks settled the Juniper Networks patent infringement suit for $75 million in cash and $100 million in shares of common stock and warrants to purchase common stock. The settlement terms make Juniper a partial owner of Palo Alto Networks. The companies also agreed to cross-license the patents involved in the lawsuit and to refrain from suing each other for eight years.
… ARM 64-bit servers look like they’re ready for the data center. Applied Micro Circuits and Canonical demonstrated the first production software deployment on ARM 64-bit servers. The demo featured Icehouse, the latest OpenStack release, using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on an X-Gene-based server rack. The demo marks a “significant proof point” of a scale-out data center environment based on X-Gene, according to Raymond James analyst Simon Leopold.
… Ericsson is beefing up its presence in Silicon Valley. The company is building a new campus in Santa Clara, Calif. that will bring together about 2,000 R&D staff in IP, TV and media, SDN, NFV, and mobile. The company has cultivated an ecosystem of SDN and NFV partnerships in Silicon Valley, and it aims to have the campus ready for its first occupants during the third quarter of 2015.
… Backed in part by the Israeli government, Israeli networking manufacturer RAD Data Communications debuted a specialized R&D center for developing programmable network solutions. RAD and the Office of the Chief Scientist, an agency within the country’s Ministry of Economics, together plan to invest about $32 million into “RAD Negev” over the next three years.
… A new report estimates the market for hyperscale servers at U.S. organizations with at least 500 employees offers a $1.7 billion opportunity over the next 12 months. The “Hyperscale Server Customer Landscape Report” from Technology Business Research says there is a growing market beneath top-tier cloud-scale data centers run by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and the like. Customers in this growing secondary tier rely on integration and similar services to ease their transition into a new class of server technology, the report said.
… Dimension Data has launched an SDN development model to help organizations understand SDN and plan out their networks accordingly. The firm will teach the model through “consulting-led, facilitated workshops.”
… Active Broadband Networks launched its Active Resource Controller (ARC) for the broadband service edge. The SDN controller uses OpenFlow to control packet flow processing in broadband NFV infrastructure to provide real-time visibility into network, service, subscriber, and application usage.
… Fujitsu has begun a number of proof-of-concept (PoC) trials with service providers and public sector institutions to verify storage systems based on OpenStack and Ceph technology. The company says the fault-tolerant solution will offer “unprecedented massive scale-out capabilities,” and should be generally available during the second half of 2014. The company also announced its Storage Eternus DX systems now support OpenStack.
… Mobile solutions provider NTT Docomo has completed POC trials with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, and NEC to verify the feasibility of network functions virtualization (NFV). Docomo and the vendors used a virtualized evolved packet core (EPC) to verify network control mechanisms. The company aims to commercially deploy virtualized mobile network services by the fiscal year ending March 2016.
… Vello Systems added new data center and cloud services partners in markets in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America.
Finally, here’s the other news we covered this past week: