Harmonic Unveils Edge Computer Module Extending CableOS Cloud-Native Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Harmonic announced extensions to its CableOS access platform, including a major enhancement that enables cable operators to deploy compute resources via their IP access networks and leverage distributed cloud-native applications, such as 5G OpenRAN, flexible DOCSIS MAC and video CDN.

The combination of the new features and its cloud-native DOCSIS and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) XGS and 10G EPON applications, raises the bar for access platforms, the company said.

“Multi-access edge computing is going to play a pivotal role in the future of wireline and 5G wireless networks, revolutionizing the cable industry’s service delivery opportunities,” said Gil Katz, senior vice president, Cable Access Business Operations at Harmonic. “We’re excited to again break new ground, offering the first cloud-native solution capable of simultaneously running flexible MAC, Open Caching streaming video delivery and other critical applications at the deep edge of the access network.”

Harmonic developed its new edge compute module in partnership with Intel, the company said. It is designed to be deployed in the same Ripple+ network edge platform (also called a node) as the company’s remote-PHY and remote-OLT modules. Doing so extends CableOS cloud to the deep edge of the access network. 

The company is featuring CableOS and its new extensions at the ongoing virtual SCTE-ISBE Expo, Oct. 12-15.

Asaf Matatyaou, Harmonic vice president of solutions and product management, Cable Access Business, will take part in a panel discussion with Intel. The session “Utilizing Distributed Software and Multipurpose Computing for DAA” is scheduled to occur in the Imagine Zone, Oct. 14, from 11-11:30 a.m. ET.

To learn more about Harmonic’s participation at Cable-Tec Expo or to schedule a meeting, visit the company’s expo webpage

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JFrog Launches Free Subscription to Multi-Cloud DevOps Platform with Built-in Open Source Security Scanning

Development teams can accelerate delivery with universal package management, DevSecOps tools and cloud-native CI/CD solutions across major cloud providers

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JFrog launches a free subscription to its Multi-Cloud DevOps platform with built-in open source security scanning.
JFrog launches a free subscription to its Multi-Cloud DevOps platform with built-in open source security scanning.
JFrog launches a free subscription to its Multi-Cloud DevOps platform with built-in open source security scanning.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — JFrog, the liquid software company, today announced the general availability of a free subscription of its universal, hybrid and multi-cloud DevOps Platform, including industry-leading DevSecOps capabilities offered at no cost.

The JFrog Platform is used by some of the largest enterprises in the world to streamline and accelerate their delivery. Available on all major public cloud providers—AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform— and across 18 cloud regions, the free subscription of the JFrog Platform includes:

  • JFrog Artifactory, a universal software package (binary) management solution and enterprise container registry in one, supporting more than 26 technologies.

  • JFrog Xray, enabling DevSecOps with the industry-leading SaaS solution for OSS vulnerability scanning. Paid subscriptions also include OSS license compliance and additional, advanced security capabilities powered by VulnDB.

  • JFrog Pipelines, a next-generation CI/CD solution for both traditional and cloud-native applications.

  • Users receive free access to the critical building blocks for enterprise-grade end-to-end DevOps, with up to 2GB of storage, 10GB of monthly data transfer and 2,000 CI/CD pipeline minutes per month.

“The community deserves a solution that provides the combination of best-of-breed experience built into an end-to-end platform for all DevOps and DevSecOps needs. No need to worry about package types, security threats or user limit hassles – it’s just a simple, yet powerful and free DevOps solution,” said Shlomi Ben Haim, CEO at JFrog. “JFrog was built by developers for developers and it’s important to

HITACHI Rail STS Chooses AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Software Development Environment for New Rail Safety Platform

AdaCore, a trusted provider of software development and verification tools, today announced that HITACHI Rail STS (Signaling and Transportation Systems) has selected AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Ada development environment targeting ARM processors for the modernization of its CSD (Calculator of Available Safety) rail safety platform, to ensure the safe circulation of trains on railway lines and metro networks.

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Technical challenges of modernization
In March 2017, HITACHI Rail STS rolled out the interlocking management system of the Gare de Lyon in Paris as part of a renovation project commissioned by the French national rail company SNCF. The system, supported by a single safety platform, commands 170 switches, 115 light signals and 800 routes at any time and simultaneously, and thus requires a secure, reliable platform.

In 2018, facing the problem of obsolete equipment and the need for ever greater computing power, HITACHI Rail STS decided to further modernize its safety platform with the ambitious goal of developing a single platform that is also compatible with the constraints of rolling stock and ground signalling.

The first targets were the renovation of the metro lines in the city of Brussels with a Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system, and the renovation of the interlocking systems of the first 280 mile-long high-speed rail line in France between Paris and Lyon.

HITACHI Rail STS identified 2 key areas of focus in order to achieve its goal:

  1. Conduct logic synthesis on the 68K CPU in order to house the “voter” function of the CSD in the Processing System part of this component, thus making it possible to reuse the coded monoprocessor production chain of the existing voter software,

  2. Port the existing application software, developed in Ada 95, to

Game Platform Roblox Files Confidentially for Public Listing

Online game platform Roblox said Monday that on a confidential basis it had submitted a draft registration statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission for a public offering of common stock.

The San Mateo, Calif., company said it hasn’t determined the number of Class A common shares it will sell and at what price.

Roblox said it intends to commence the public offering following completion of the SEC review.

The company is aiming for a public valuation of about $8 billion, Reuters reported earlier this month. 

That would double the $4 billion valuation it got in a $150 million fundraising round in February led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The VC firm said in February that the platform reached more than 115 million monthly users.

The company hosts millions of games that are built by its users, who then get a share of any related revenue. 

“Roblox is powered by a global community of over two million developers who produce their own immersive multiplayer experiences each month using Roblox Studio,” the company said on its website. 

“Our popularity is driven purely by the community with millions of people signing up through word of mouth every month.”

Roblox, which was founded in 2004, said that two-thirds of all U.S. kids 9 to 12 years old use the platform.

In July, Roblox said its developer community was on pace to earn more than $250 million in 2020, more than double 2019’s $110 million.

David Baszucki is the company’s founder and chief executive. Prior to Roblox, he founded Knowledge Revolution, which was acquired by MSC Software in 1998.

Last month, Andrea Wong, who was most recently the president of international at Sony Corp.,  (SNE) – Get Report joined the Roblox board. 

Twilio to Acquire Customer-Data Platform Segment for $3.2B

Twilio  (TWLO) – Get Report shares rose Monday after the cloud-communications platform said it would buy customer-data platform Segment for $3.2 billion of stock.

Twilio shares recently traded at $322.79, up 5.4%. They had more than tripled year to date through Friday.

“Data silos destroy great customer experiences,” Jeff Lawson, co-founder and chief executive of the San Francisco company, said in a statement.

Closely held Segment, also San Francisco, “lets developers and companies break down those silos and build” complete pictures of customers. 

“Combined with Twilio’s customer engagement platform, we can create more personalized, timely and impactful engagement across customer service, marketing, analytics, product and sales,” he said.

“The businesses that deliver the best experiences are the ones that know their customers well and use customer data to provide more relevant interactions,” Twilio said.

“However, wrangling these customer insights is extremely difficult as the information is typically spread across disparate systems and functions throughout an organization. … Twilio can now alleviate this pain for businesses by delivering a single, unified view that helps companies better understand their customers.”

The combined company will have a total addressable market of $79 billion, Twilio said.

Both boards have approved the transaction, and the companies hope to close the deal in the fourth quarter, subject to conditions they didn’t specify.

Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff likes Twilio but not its share price. 

“Many of the uses for Twilio represent greenfield opportunities, and we believe the company has ample opportunity to increase revenue over the decade as it continues to expand uses for its platform,” he wrote in an August report.

But he put fair value for Twilio’s stock at $153.