Tech Roundup: Nanolab Technologies Doubles its Square Footage, Cisco Offers Social Networking for Businesses, and More

A roundup of news stories to come out of the Milpitas tech world over the past week.

Milpitas-based Nanolab Technologies decided to celebrate Leap Day this year by taking a giant “leap” forward—and doubling its square footage in town. The company opened its new 47,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility on Feb. 29. Nanolab Technologies provides electron microscopy, surface analysis and failure analysis services for MEMS and IC design, process control, and fabrication issues. The new state-of-the-art laboratory was designed to maximize the performance of extremely high resolution instruments, and also to accommodate seamless expansion with facilities in place for new laboratories as the company grows and adds new instruments, techniques and analytical services.  


It appears “Cisco Quad,” Cisco’s social networking system for businesses, is off to a promising start. In addition to being used by 100,000 of its own employees—who say it is greatly improving employee communication and collaboration—Cisco has 700,000 users from 50 client companies now paying for the service as well. Though the program is much smaller than its competitors, industry analysts are saying they think the program could succeed in the long-term, primarily because of how well it integrates with many of Cisco’s other popular systems, such as its WebEx online video conferencing system.


Milpitas-based JDSU Thursday announced the release of its new “SyncE” communications test solution, designed to help service providers and network equipment manufacturers prevent dropped calls and poor video quality over 4G/LTE and mobile backhaul networks due to Ethernet synchronization issues. The new SyncE solution is available on JDSU's Optical Network Test (ONT) platform. JDSU is hailing SyncE as an “industry first,” and plans to showcase it at the OFC tradeshow in Los Angeles, March 4-8.


Milpitas-based anti-malware vendor FireEye Inc. this week announced the release of its File Malware Protection System (MPS), which detects and eliminates malware found on file shares. The File MPS works to prevent malicious code from spreading laterally into central data stores, addressing security weaknesses in Web-based email, social networking, online file transfer tools, personal storage devices and other manual means that bring files into the network.  FireEye said in a press release on Wednesday, the File Malware Protection System will be available in the second quarter of 2012 with two models, priced depending on the number of files shares to be secured. Pricing begins at $54,950.


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