Articles about Switch

Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users

Opinion Apple describes their sexy new iPhone 7 and iOS 10 operating system as the most advanced yet. Well, they say that every year, don't they? However, despite the fanfare, press coverage, and queues outside Apple stores - except in Denmark - one group of iPhone users can be forgiven for feeling let down by Apple, yet again. With …
Colin Hughes, 23 Sep 2016
Electric spark jump between silver wire isolated

Digital Realty gets into the cloud interconnect caper

Bit barn baron Digital Realty has decided it needs to be a player in the cloud connection caper. The company's therefore cooked up something called “Service Exchange” that offers software-defined links between its data centres and those operated by the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2016
Blue Macaw parrot, aka a Norwegian Blue Pining for the Fjords

Norwegian Big Blue

Nordic cloud users need no longer pine for clouds amidst the fjords: Big Blue's flicked the switch on a cloudy bit barn in Oslo. IBM says its new facility offers its full smorgasbord of cloudy delights, with bare metal and virtual servers, storage, security services, and networking all there to be piled high. The Oslo address …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2016
Large leaver switch on a board of push button switches

Juniper plugs net manager

Juniper Networks has updated its CTPView network management system to patch two bugs dating from 2014. Its CTPView advisory, now with 75 individual vulnerabilities listed, has been updated to include CVE-2014-8159 and CVE-2014-8867. CVE-2014-8159 is a denial-of-service bug in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 InfiniBand …
Oracle Chair Larry Ellison on stage at OpenWorld 2016

Oracle's new cloud rated 'minimum viable product' ... for now

Oracle's gone in hard on cloud this week, promising a stellar, cheap cloud that has already erased Amazon Web Services' lead. But Gartner analyst Lydia Leong begs to differ. She's squeezed out a quick assessment of Big Red's latest cloud and says: “I would characterize this early offering as minimum viable product; it is the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016
Sweet32 logo

Citrix swats Sweet32 bug by just turning off old ciphers

Citrix has pushed back a little against the dangers posed to its users by the Sweet32 “birthday attack” against old ciphers. The attack, published in late August, is a birthday attack against 64-bit ciphers like Blowfish and Triple DES. That's prompted various vendors to get patching, but as Citrix explains in this blog post …
Pop art-style illustration: Woman holds head in despair. Illustration via Shutetrstock

Ofcom smacks Sky for breaching broadband switching rules

Communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect Sky breached rules to allow consumers to easily switch broadband and landline providers, which could lead to a multi-million pound fine. It follows a year-long investigation by the regulator as to whether Sky contravened the rules on …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016
Ejector_seat_action

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

The American F-35 Joint Project Office says ejection seat and helmet modifications will stop emergency ejections from breaking petite pilots' necks. Pilots who weigh less than 62kg (9¾ stone, 136lb) are currently banned from flying the state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jet because an emergency ejection using the currently fitted …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2016
Downtime, outage

Electrical box fault blamed for GS2 data centre outage

A power outage at "Europe’s largest purpose-built data centre”, Global Switch 2 – which knocked one customer offline for two days – has been blamed on a high voltage fault. All customers lost access to services based in the GS2 data centre on Saturday 10 September, according to an interim incident report issued by hosting …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016

Hybrid infrastructure: You did it. You switched over. Now lock it down. Yes, really

Hybrid infrastructures – where you combine on-premise equipment with systems that sit in a public cloud installation – have their own particular foibles when it comes to management. It's really not so hard, though – here are 10 things to think about when you're looking at the security aspects of managing your hybrid world. …
Dave Cartwright, 19 Sep 2016

iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

Analysis Love rat Apple two-times its long-suffering squeeze Qualcomm with dishy Intel – and it's going to keep the baby but only let some of us see it. Over a cheap bottle of chardonnay one dark night in Cupertino, Intel wooed Apple with flimsy promises. The pair felt a connection (around the 1.9GHz mark) after the iPhone maker opened …
Chris Williams, 18 Sep 2016
The ScaleIO Ready Node

First Dell EMC product is a VSAN-in-a-can, aka 'ScaleIO Ready node'

EMC and Dell only became Dell EMC last week, but they've already managed to squeeze out a product. ScaleIO Ready Node switch No new bezel, but ScaleIO gets some space on the On/Off switch. Or did it? The new offspring is the ScaleIO Ready Node, 13th-generation PowerEdge servers optimised to run the former EMC's ScaleIO …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
Fishing, photo via Shutterstock

Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

For all its highs and lows over the recent years, one thing Microsoft has always had in its favour is developers – millions coding, first for Windows, then .NET. The jury’s out on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, first as a platform and secondly due to Microsoft’s embrace of so many non-Microsoft languages and runtimes. Many have …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2016
Pauline from League of Gentlemen being given a dressing-down by the new Job Centre teacher. Still photo from BBC series LoG

End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

ISPs should release data on broadband speeds at a household level so residents can easily compare speeds and switch providers, the representative body for 370 local councils has said. The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for greater transparency of speeds direct to consumers' homes rather than just their postcodes …
Kat Hall, 13 Sep 2016

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times. Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google's app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are. Amid complaints that Google Play is …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Sep 2016
fail_parking_meter_648

You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

The UK’s controversial smart meter programme will only succeed in saving consumers cash if people are made aware of the benefits, says Rob Smith, head of policy and public affairs at Smart Energy GB. Some 53 million smart meters are due to be installed in residences and small businesses by the end of 2020, at an estimated cost …
Kat Hall, 09 Sep 2016
dog noses around in fridge. photo by Shutterstock

Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

Something for the Weekend, Sir? In the future, I will keep a vibrator in my shoes. This will allow me to walk down the street without having to hold it in my hands or stick it into my ear. My satnav smartphone, that is. With the help of Hi-Tec’s Navigator, vibrating pods in my footwear will guide me left and right along my walking route without recourse to …
Alistair Dabbs, 09 Sep 2016
Gil C http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-762415p1.html

Top smut site stops Flashing, adopts HTML5

Security sentient smut site Pornhub has decommissioned Flash and will swap to HTML5 in a bid to modernise and protect its estimated 60 million daily visitors. The site is famed for among other things offering a bug bounty to researchers who disclose security holes in the site upping payments and hiring staff to better compete …
Team Register, 09 Sep 2016
The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi has sold over 10 million units and has announced today a new Raspberry Pi Starter Kit to celebrate its achievements. Founder of the Raspberry Pi foundation and CEO of its trading arm, Eben Upton, said the original goal was to create a device that would attract more students to study Computer Science at the …
Katyanna Quach, 08 Sep 2016

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

Analysis Analyst outfit CCS Insight issued a report about the innovation crisis in smartphones this week – and Apple has done little to address this with an iPhone update quickly labelled as incremental. At its main annual product event, Apple implicitly acknowledged the failure of the smartwatch to take off by repositioning the second …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Sep 2016

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

We shouldn't encourage readers to waste their time like this, but it's the kind blend of wonderful insanity that springs from a sysadmin with time on his hands: an enterprise instant messaging platform that runs in Excel. Of course, nobody would want to deny Microsoft the chance to stub its toe properly by writing its own …
Piranha fish pattern illustration

Buckeyed cyberspies' switch

Cyberespionage group Buckeye has switched targets from the US to Hong Kong. Buckeye (also known as APT3, Gothic Panda, UPS Team or TG-0110) is a longstanding hacking group group that has been together for at least seven years. Buckeye is blamed for using a remote access Trojan (Backdoor.Pirpi) in attacks against a US …
John Leyden, 07 Sep 2016
Kepler

Second 'dimmer switch' star spotted

One curious case of “what's that?” in astronomy is a puzzle: two gets astrophysicists on the way to an answer. An oddly-dimming star called EPIC 204278916 (EPIC in this article) might help boffins understand the “Dyson sphere” (no, it's not) Tabby's star. The group led by Simone Scaringi from the Max Planck Institute for …

'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

EE's 2G and 3G data services are struggling this afternoon after what seems like a power equipment failure caused problems at the telco's switch sites. Customers in the UK have been complaining about "a major outage of 3G data," with one Reg reader saying that at 5am this morning access point name connection requests were …

A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular week-ender in which readers share their tales of possibly-career-ending errors. This week, reader “Harry” tells us he's done support for the same global company for the last thirteen years and in one role found himself doing network support. One cold, cold winter's day, that gig took him …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2016

Mangstor, Mellanox flash rig crowned 'fastest in the lab'... for RAID-0

Trusty Storage Review has been at it again, testing a Mangstor-Mellanox NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) rig servicing a MySQL virtual cluster – and finding it 2.5x faster than any other flash array it's ever tested. The Mangstor kit comprised an NX6325 all-flash array with 4 x 2.7TB add-in card (AIC) NVMe flash drives stuffed into …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2016
band_aid_648

Cisco SOHO switches patched for SOHOpeless vuln

This week's Cisco patch round includes a critical vuln in the kind of product least likely to get patched – a small business Ethernet switch. The Small Business 220 Series Smart Plus switches ship with a hard-coded SNMP community string, which means if it's visible to the Internet, a remote attacker can access its SNMP objects …
Hand holds green tea and sweetpotato soft serve ice cream cone. Looks delicious if you didn't know about the flavours though. Photo by Shutterstock

VMware Vannounces Vlots Vof Very Vnew Vstuff Vat VMworld

VMworld saw EMC making a series of supportive announcements related to VMware. Panzura added cloud storage gateway facilities to all-flash arrays and hyper-converged products while QLogic focussed on links to NVMe drives and NVME over Fabrics technology. Storage is getting easier for VMware admins and users to use while also …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2016
Downtime, outage

Cloudy biz Vesk suffers 2-day outage – then boasts of 100% uptime

A failed storage controller caused a protracted outage at hosted desktop and cloud slinger Vesk - not that this factoid has made its way onto the company’s website, where it boasts of 100 per cent uptime for the past 1,583 days. Vesk, acquired by London-listed Nasstar plc in October, has written to customers in a bid to …
Paul Kunert, 31 Aug 2016
Nantero_CNT_tube

Deep inside Nantero's non-volatile carbon nanotube RAM tech

Two Fujitsu semiconductor businesses are licensing Nantero NRAM technology with joint Nantero-Fujitsu development to produce chips in 2018. They will have several thousand times faster rewrites and many thousands of times more rewrite cycles than embedded flash memory. NRAM, non-volatile RAM, is based on carbon nanotube (CNT) …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2016
Image by LuckyN http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-1795121p1.html

More banks plundered through SWIFT attacks

Criminals have hacked an unspecified number of new banks, using the SWIFT messaging system already implicated in one of the most lucrative breaches in history. Reuters reports SWIFT has sent notices to banks around the world warning of breaches and asking the financial institutions to lift their security game. Hackers of …
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2016
Sonos_Amazon_Echo_

Is there an Echo in here? An Echo in here? Good, says Sonos. Good

Listen up – Sonos is letting people control the music streamed to their speakers by giving voice commands to Amazon Echo and its Alexa personal assistant. Sonos is also developing Spotify integration, allowing folks to control their speaks from Spotify, plus there's an Airbnb Sonos listening initiative. Today, Sonos users …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2016
Tesla crash

Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

Rumours are emerging that Tesla is going to restrict the behaviour of its controversial Autopilot feature. The move follows criticism of the company after highly-publicised accidents, including the fatality in May when a car under Autopilot ran underneath a semi-trailer. Although nobody's offered evidence associating the …

Tegile gets IntelliFlash into a cluster duster

Tegile is launching its all-flash, clustered, IntelliFlash CP (Cloud Platform) at VMworld 2016. This is a rack-scale system for large enterprises looking to set up a private cloud and, Tegile says, involves multi-controller clusters and NVMe. Individual systems are clustered together with a single global namespace. They will …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016
Sweet32 logo

Big data busts crypto: 'Sweet32' captures collisions in old ciphers

Researchers with France's INRIA are warning that 64-bit ciphers – which endure in TLS configurations and OpenVPN – need to go for the walk behind the shed. The research institute's Karthikeyan Bhargavan and Gaëtan Leurent have demonstrated that a man-in-the-middle on a long-lived encrypted session can gather enough data for a …

Brocade broadcasts financial success. Well, if you call an 89% profit drop 'success'

Helped by two months of Ruckus Wireless ownership, Brocade's revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 were up seven per cent annually to $591m, a 13 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase. The company posted profits of a paltry $10.5m, 89 per cent down on the year-ago quarter's $91.7m, and 23.3 per cent less than the …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016
finger pointing

Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

On-Call Thank Crom it's Friday! At the end of today you can get on with what is best in life, which we hope includes reading this instalment of On-Call, our weekly look at legendary tales of IT gone wrong. This week, meet “George” who tells us he “once worked for a fairly large web hosting company which had a small data centre in the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
Bait

Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

Microsoft is having another go at displacing vSphere. Redmond's new offer means that if you make the move and prove it to Microsoft's satisfaction, you will “Receive free Windows Server Datacenter licenses with Software Assurance and pay only the cost of Software Assurance”. On one level this is business as usual: vendors are …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
Priest, image via Shutterstock

MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

Interview MySQL daddy Monty Widenius has dismissed claims the MariaDB fork is veering away from open source. Rather, the chief technology officer of MariaDB corporation called his firm’s embrace of a commercial licence for part of MariaDB "critical" to delivering new revenue and for the continued development of open-source software. …
man_from_uncle_648

Software-defined networking is dangerously sniffable

Software-defined networking (SDN) controllers respond to network conditions by pushing new flow rules to switches. And that, say Italian researchers, creates an unexpected security problem. The researchers were able to persuade their SDN environment to leak information that sysadmins probably don't want out in public, …
dunce_cap_648

OpenFlow controller design killing SDN, say network boffins

OpenFlow's architecture is inefficient, and caps performance while sucking unnecessary power. That's the conclusion of a bunch of Comp. Sci boffins from researchers at Australian brain box Data61 and Sydney University, who assessed four major OpenFlow controllers – NOX, Maestro, Floodlight and Beacon. Their paper is at Arxiv …
shutterstock_gold

Plexistor unveils storage-stack-perplexing PMoF tech

Plexistor has unveiled specs on its Persistent Memory over Fabric (PMoF), which it says gives app servers access to disaggregated persistent memory in fabric-connected PM Bricks. Plexistor’s software-defined memory combines DRAM and flash in one memory address space to deliver a higher “memory” capacity with persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016
scanners

My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It only takes a minute to capture a 3D model of my orifices. They tell me it’s the only way I can be sure of a tight fit. Perhaps I could order a hologram of my 3D orifices that I can hang on my living room wall. It would make a nice conversation piece for visitors to admire. "Isn’t it creepy how my orifices seem to follow …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Aug 2016
Amazon Workspaces on an iPad

Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour

Amazon Web Services' “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering can now be paid for by the hour. Workspaces are a cut of Windows Server 2008 with a Windows 7 skin and are consumed with a custom client application. Until today, the service was sold by the month for a fixed price that included storage. That's now called the “ …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016

Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

Microsoft is so keen to attract users to its Edge browser that it will pay people to use it. Folks in the US can earn credits that can be spent in the Microsoft online store on things like three months of advertisement-free Outlook and Amazon cards. Microsoft won't let you just run Edge and cash in: it will monitor user's …
Darren Pauli, 19 Aug 2016
Large leaver switch on a board of push button switches

ICANN takeover in October

DNS overlord ICANN is all set to take control of the internet's highest level from the US government on October 1, it was confirmed this week. California-based non-profit ICANN runs a technical body called IANA, which oversees the world's DNS, IP address allocations, and protocol assignments. ICANN operates IANA for the US …
Chris Williams, 19 Aug 2016

The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

AMD is continuing to drip feed information about Zen, its long-awaited designed-from-scratch x86 processor microarchitecture. Zen is a big deal, or rather needs to be a big deal, for AMD because its previous Bulldozer microarchitecture was, well, bulldozed by Intel's Core series. Thus, AMD needs Zen to succeed in order to win …
Chris Williams, 18 Aug 2016

Light at the end of Intel's Silicon Photonics: 100Gbps network tech finally shipping, sorta

IDF16 Intel is beginning volume shipments of its fabled Silicon Photonics networking technology, which uses light through thin glass fibers to replace copper wires. This tech can shuttle up to 100Gbps over 2km or more of cable that's just a few millimeters thick, creating a high-speed nervous-system for clusters and data centers. As …
Chris Williams, 17 Aug 2016

English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

Uber is embroiled in another legal battle over Transport for London’s new rules, which will require all drivers to take a compulsory English test. The multi-billion pound taxi app company has faced bans and protests worldwide. Black cab drivers have taken part in protests bringing traffic to standstill many times, prompting …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Aug 2016
Lester firing an AR-15 assault rifle

Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Interview BAE Systems is, for the first time in many years, offering new types of small arms ammunition to the armed forces. It all boils down to achieving better penetration and pleasing the customer. Famous as the home of British military ammunition production since its 20th century days as a state-owned Royal Ordnance Factory, Radway …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Aug 2016