Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack Company, has partnered with Citrix, Metaswitch Networks and Overture Networks to launch a network function virtualization (NFV) initiative.
The company said that the initiative will “unlock communications companies from expensive proprietary hardware, enabling them to launch new services with greater velocity and lower cost.” Mirantis will also be adding NFV features to its carrier-grade OpenStack distribution.
NFV is yet another example of the increasing popularity of software-based solutions for IT infrastructure that lower the cost and accelerate scalability as they remove the limitations of hardware.
“The telecommunications industry is in the midst of a massive transformation. It faces a ballooning customer base consuming massive amounts of data, and competition from a new wave of startups born out of the Web,” said Mirantis VP of Product and Partner Marketing, Kamesh Pammaraju. “These companies must innovate their networking to be agile, scalable and cost effective. The best way to do this is through NFV, which is why NFV investments will reach nearly $21 billion by 2020.”
What’s NFV? According to SDX Central:
Network functions virtualization (NFV) (also known as virtual network function (VNF)) offers a new way to design, deploy and manage networking services. NFV decouples the network functions, such as network address translation (NAT), firewalling, intrusion detection, domain name service (DNS), and caching, to name a few, from proprietary hardware appliances so they can run in software.
Mirantis said in a press release, “NFV allows carriers to virtualize network functions by running them as software instances on any hardware platform anywhere within their networks. Mirantis has been implementing NFV projects with telecommunications customers since the technology’s inception and will offer an NFV reference architecture and OpenStack certification program for partner virtual network functions (VNFs). ”
The Linux Foundation also started a collaborative project called OPNFV or Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) to accelerate NFV’s evolution through an integrated, open platform.
Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV said, “Telecommunications companies are increasingly drawn to NFV because it frees them from expensive proprietary hardware platforms, reduces operational expenses, and facilitates the launch of new applications and services quickly. Developers can spend less time on administrative tasks and more time delivering innovative applications and services to consumers.”
Under the initiative Mirantis will offer a whitepaper and a deployment guide for customers looking to deploy NFV solutions on OpenStack, and Mirantis OpenStack validation for partner VNF solutions under the Unlocked Technology Partner Program.
Citrix (CTXS) revealed new information this week on the company’s upcoming networking data centers partner specialization, created to help resellers become experts in its Netscaler and firewall product portfolio.
Citrix announced its four new specialization tracks in January during the company’s Summit 2015 conference in Las Vegas, where it released the first three tracks to help partners develop skill differentiation from their competitors. The final specialization track is expected to launch during Citrix Synergy 2015 in May.
To achieve specialization in each track, partners are required to complete three customer validations as well as technical certifications and eLearning programs, culminating in an extensive practicum test. Since the program launched earlier this year, more than 900 validations have been submitted from 370 unique customers, with validation submissions growing week over week at a rate of 25 percent, according to John Carey, director of Worldwide Channel Strategy and Development at Citrix. About 75 percent of submitted validations have been completed thus far, with the rest still being reviewed.
“Based on the feedback that we are seeing so far, partners are very encouraged that we have met their expectations and they are certainly meeting our expectations,” said Carrey in an interview with The VAR Guy.
Additionally, more than 400 Citrix solution advisor partners have already completed the technical certification requirements for their specializations, with another 1000 partners currently in the process of completing their requirements. Carey said Citrix is on schedule to meet its annual goal of having 400 partners completely certified for the program, with even more solution providers expected to earn certification once the networking data centers practicum releases later this year.
Carey reported partners have already completed 1,600 e-learning courses required for each specialization. And success rates have been favorable for partners looking to complete the specialization practicum exams, with a recorded 90 percent pass rate so far. Registration for the practicums has also grown by a rate of 25 percent each week, signaling increasing partner interest in attaining full specialization, he noted.
“We’ve got layers of partners that we’re engaging with,” Carey said. “It’s really, really pleasing for us that we already have partners highly invested [in the program].”
Stay tuned to The VAR Guy for more information on each specialization next month during Citrix Synergy 2015 in Orlando.
Personally Tech is a weekly column in which we look at the apps and gadgets that people love and can’t live without. We talk to people from all walks of life about the technology that drives them, and this week, we caught up with Parag Arora, Country Manager, Citrix India.
Arora probably never falls sick, since he has enough Apple devices to keep the doctor away through the week, but while he loves “iEverything” he dreams of better battery life. Read on to know more about the apps and gadgets that he depends upon:
Describe your technology setup – what computer/ phone/ tablet/ camera/ gaming console/ other gadgets do you use?
Parag Arora: I am surrounded by my iMac, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Apple TV and I have an iPod Touch 4th gen. which is my companion during running. Aside from that, I have my Kindle Paperwhite, a thin client for my virtual desktop, and my Flip camera for recording /playing video.
What are three apps (mobile/ tablet or PC/ Mac) you couldn’t live without?
Parag Arora: The first and foremost is Citrix Worx Home. It enables my corporate app store, email and other interesting office productivity apps on my iPhone and iPad Flipboard is my integrated information bank for all types of news and social media updates. I believe in simplicity and this app enables me to access everything while breaking free from the clutter of multiple apps. Gaana is my preferred app for listening and downloading music, and it’s another app I can’t do without.
What is one gadget (other than your phone) you never travel without?
Parag Arora: My backup battery and my Kindle.
What is your dream gadget/ technology setup?
Parag Arora: A world where all my devices are wirelessly connected, have a great battery life, have one common console (for all devices) to manage apps, data, videos, music, collaboration. Touch and voice enabled devices with provisions to convert text to audio and vice versa and a simple interface to connect with my executives
How has technology changed the way in which you work?
Parag Arora: Citrix has redefined the meaning of “workplace” for me. Work is no more a place, but rather become an aggregation of experiences of collaborating and communicating whenever and wherever I wish to. I believe this has brought in tremendous amount of freedom and at the same time helped me be more creative and effective. Since my work is not limited by my location, it allows me to be more agile and responsive to the needs of our customers, partners and my teams
Shares of Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) has been given an average rating of “Hold” from twenty-seven brokerages that currently cover the stock, reports AR Network. Two research analysts rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have rated waiting and eight were rated for purchase now. The twelve-month average target price of mediation that have issued a report on the title in the last year is $ 69.54.
Shares of Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) traded down 3.71% on Wednesday, hitting $ 60.00. 2846017 shares of the listed companies hands. Citrix Systems has a low 1 year $ 51.18 and a high 1-year of $ 72.89. The stock 50-day moving average is $ 64.89 and its 200-day moving average is $ 66.29. The company has a market cap of $ 9.658 billion and a relationship / EP 37.38. Citrix Systems has also seen a sharp drop in short interest in the month of November. As of November 28, there was little interest for a total of 4,927,689 shares, a decrease of 26.9% from November 14 total 6743.262000 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1544.183000 shares, the short interest ratio is currently 3.2 days. About 3.1% of the company’s shares are sold short.
Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) published its latest quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 22. The company reported $ 0.75 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of analysts of $ 0.73 to $ 0.02. The company recorded revenues of $ 759.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $ 771.80 million. In the same quarter last year, the company reported $ 0.70 per share. Revenue Citrix Systems’ grew by 6.5% over the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Citrix Systems post $ 3.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Several analysts have recently commented on the action. Analysts at Piper Jaffray initiated coverage on shares of Citrix Systems in a research note on Thursday. They set a rating of “underweight” and a $ 62.31 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Jefferies Group initiated coverage on shares of Citrix Systems in a research note on Thursday, November 20th. They set a “hold” rating and a $ 64.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at FBN Securities reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Citrix Systems in a research note on Monday, October 27th. They now have a $ 75.00 price target on the stock.
Citrix Systems, Inc. is a cloud computing company. The company designs, develops and markets technology solutions that enable information technology (NASDAQ: CTXS) services.
We heard from a reliable source that Citrix has acquired a small company we wrote in July called virtual. The company is manned by an impressive array of software hackers, claimed to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS enough to act as a means to check for errors and hardware emulation.
Updated: Citrix announced the acquisition of Virtual on Wednesday.
The purchase makes sense for Citrix, which could be used to emulate virtual environments using iOS or Android remote desktop. A company that could environments iOS ‘merger’ would also have a big advantage over the competition, such as VMware or LogMeIn.
The company’s founder, Chris Wade, was one of the first iPhone jailbreakers and built by a virtual open source iOS device emulator was co-created called iemu. We talked about Wade in July on virtual capabilities:
The idea was to get away from emulation and virtualization go on a large scale, “says Wade. Alerts allows the user to purchase a license to run a certain amount of iOS or Android devices as close to the hardware as real as possible. Says Wade managed virtual virtualize the ARM core and emulate peripherals that allow you to double up as almost every Apple TV, iPad or iPhone.…
Alerts may also act as a substitute for their services and goods physical devices Appurify income as the company has just been acquired by Google in its ongoing battle with Apple over who can offer the most complete set of development tools.
Another feature of Virtual is that it can be used to run iOS devices on OS X. This reflects the announcement at Google I / O to allow applications to run on Android Chromebook – but for iOS and Android.
Wade has also hired Nicholas Allegra, a hacker known as Comex iPhone that has produced one of the most popular jailbreak utilities. Since the last time we spoke with Wade, virtual had not given any funding. No word on the purchase price, however, I do not know if it was a young company had launched a product, then it’s probably a factor.
We asked Citrix acquisition and declined to comment. Wade also declined to comment on the sale of the company.
This is a get interesting for Citrix, which seems to indicate the claims of the company are solid. While I have shown the virtual technology in the month of July, I noticed that the demo was pretty impressive, but it was hard for me to control performance demands without a product launched. Say what you came to him that he was pretty solid for a big company in virtualization absence. It will be interesting to see what they cook.
Citrix Systems, Inc. is an American multinational software company founded in 1989 that provides server, application and desktop virtualization, networking, software-as-a-service, and cloud computing technologies, including Xen open-source products
Citrix XenApp is an application virtualization product that allows users to connect to their corporate applications from a wide range of computer systems and mobile devices.