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Recap: Array's high-speed ADC grows; Check Point buys startup

In this news recap, Array expands its AVX10650 application delivery controller; Cisco predicts massive increase in global data traffic by 2019.

Array's multi-tenant ADC just got bigger

Array Networks updated its multi-tenant application delivery controller (ADC), the AVX10650. The latest edition of its high-speed ADC boasts a higher number of independent ADC instances that service providers and large enterprises can support on one appliance.

 The second generation AVX10650 now supports four, eight, 16 and 32 independent ADC instances, up from six instances in the last release. The update allows cloud or service providers to dedicate resources to more customers using one piece of hardware, or enterprises can support multiple applications that require high availability, acceleration and load balancing by partitioning the appliance into more instances.

 Rather than resort to bare-metal ADC appliances, providers can take advantage of Array's multi-tenant ADC appliance, which offers dedicated CPU, Secure Sockets Layer and memory per instance. Supporting multiple customers on one appliance can save providers money by reducing power and cooling requirements, as well as physical space requirements, said Paul Andersen, director of marketing for Array. 

Providers and enterprises can purchase the AVX10650 at one quarter, half, three-quarters or full capacity -- all 32 instances -- giving customers the ability to purchase what they need today with room to scale in the future in a pay-by-the-drink model, Anderson said.

Check Point acquires startup Hyperwise

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said it acquired security startup Hyperwise. Check Point said it will incorporate Hyperwise's CPU-level threat prevention technology within its threat emulation platform, allowing customers to eliminate threats at the point of pre-infection. Tel Aviv, Israel-based Hyperwise was founded in 2013; Check Point said the company's founders and team will be integrated into Check Point's existing operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Security technology innovation needs to outpace threat innovation," said Check Point CEO and Chairman Gil Shwed in a statement. "The acquisition of Hyperwise brings important technology and deep expertise that will extend Check Point's threat prevention leadership."

Cisco predicts global data traffic will change the way business gets done

Cisco released its mobile global data traffic projection report, revealing that by 2019 mobile traffic will grow to 24.3 exabytes -- 1 exabyte is 1 billion gigabytes --per month. A major source of the traffic will come from 5.2 billion smartphone users that will connect 69% of the world's population. A total of 97% of data traffic will be from smart devices, and of that traffic, 72% will be video, according to the Cisco report. The report also said that 54% of data traffic will be offloaded to Wi-Fi and small cell networks, which will help reduce carrier congestion. But that will also mean less revenue for carriers as consumers increasingly log onto free networks. Machine connections -- and the types of machines communicating via the Internet -- will also grow, according to Cisco staffer Thomas Barnett Jr., who led the study. Those connections, which now account for less than 1% of mobile traffic, will grow to 8% of the 11.5 billion device connections to mobile networks.

As a result, regulatory issues and new business models -- such as carriers charging flat fees instead of metered fees to connect devices -- are likely to evolve, he said.

Finally, the report said global network speeds will also increase -- from an average of 1.4 Gbps today to more than 4 Gbps in 2019.

VMware VRealize amplifies Kemp LoadMaster capabilities

Kemp Technologies announced the general availability of the VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack. The package enables virtual infrastructure administrators to monitor the performance of distributed Kemp-powered load balancing systems. The software is engineered to explain the data that is gathered during a load balancing deployment so administrators can interpret the results of events that might not seem related at first glance. Metrics are displayed via dashboards.

"Kemp's customers by-and-large are using VMware tools for the management, automation and administration of their application infrastructures," said Peter Melerud, Kemp's chief marketing officer, in a statement. "By leveraging the various extensibility programs offered by VMware to integrate with these tools, such as vRealize Operations, we're able to offer additional operational intelligence about application infrastructures and help customers solve the challenges they face in delivering optimal performance for their end customers."

 Xirrus releases low-cost, wall-mounted 802.11ac AP

Xirrus released its first cloud-managed and wall-mounted wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi access point (AP). Xirrus said the X2-320 AP delivers high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet wired access in a single, compact design. The device, which leverages existing infrastructure, is geared to hospitality, education, healthcare and business use.

"In hotels, a positive Wi-Fi experience weighs heavily on guest satisfaction scores," said Bruce Miller, Xirrus' vice president of product marketing, in a statement. "Providing high-quality Wi-Fi to hundreds of hotel rooms was once a time-intensive and expensive endeavor. Our new wall-mounted access point provides high-speed Wi-Fi and wired access at the lowest price point on the market today."

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