Articles about Switch

Ruckus: A strong buy for Brocade, but leaves Juniper isolated again

Comment Pity poor Juniper. The networking company’s alliance with Ruckus Wireless last summer raised hopes that it would strike it third time lucky in the Wi-Fi market, filling the gaping wireless gap in its platform. Now Brocade has snatched carrier Wi-Fi leader Ruckus from under its rival’s nose with a $1.2bn acquisition. It's the …
Wireless Watch, 13 Apr 2016
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VMware and SoftLayer teleport workloads across oceans

The Register's virtualisation desk has sometimes heard talk of a concept called “follow-the-moon” computing that aims to reduce the cost of running apps by placing them in spots where electricity is cheap. Follow-the-moon assumes that once the sun sets and people go to sleep prudent cloud users will shut down some of their …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2016
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Samsung's dimmer Galaxies can make calls when locked, cabled

A bunch of Samsung Galaxy variants leave their modems open to receiving AT commands over the USB cable, even when they're locked. The vulnerability is discussed by its discoverers at Github. Before you dismiss the vulnerability as a local privilege escalation (which it is), consider how many people would be happy leaving a …
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US WEATHER SERVICE KILLS ALL CAPS

AMERICA'S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL STOP PROVIDING ALL ITS FORECASTS IN CAPS. THE AGENCY HAS BEEN USING ALL CAPS FOR MORE THAN 150 YEARS BECAUSE IT ORIGINATED WITH THE TELEGRAPH. THERE WAS AN EFFORT TO END THE PRACTICE and move to lower case about 20 years ago BUT THE AGENCY'S EQUIPMENT COULDN'T HANDLE IT. FORTUNATELY …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Apr 2016
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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

Sysadmin Blog Dear readers, I apologize in advance for the cursing, horrible metaphors, similes and so forth that will populate this blog. I am writing this after a day of dealing with a network cryptolocker outbreak and finally hitting that wall where I no longer care about anything except venting unto the world that silent rage that has …
Trevor Pott, 12 Apr 2016

Server vendors? Pah, they're mere resellers

Comment A few days ago Dell announced that they are reselling hyper-convergence solutions bundling software coming from Nutanix and VMware – and possibly others, too. From my point of view this is not a good strategy. Yes, it will boost some sales in the short term, but what is your differentiator in the long term? What is your value …

Buggy power supply can brick buggy Nexus switches

Network admins in Cisco Nexus shops might want to check their inventories for a particular combination of switches and power supplies. A reader alerted Vulture South to two field notices: FN63893 and FN64094. On their own, they're just routine, but together on the same device they can brick the switch. The first relates to …
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When to trust a startup: Does size count?

Sysadmin blog How big does a company have to be before we can trust them? Does company size or balance sheet even equate in any meaningful fashion to trustworthiness? What does trustworthiness mean in today's data center? I recently attended the SimpliVity Connect analyst shindig in Boston. Some grumpy analyst on the other end of the room …
Trevor Pott, 11 Apr 2016
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Lotto 'jackpot fix' code

The Multi-State Lottery's former IT security boss Eddie Tipton smuggled code onto lotto machines that allowed him to predict the numbers drawn on certain days of the month. That's according to investigators in Iowa this week. In July, Tipton was found guilty of fraud in the US state, and was sent down for ten years, for …
Chris Williams, 08 Apr 2016
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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Episode 4 It's yet another one of those Fridays where ALL I NEED TO DO IS MAKE IT TO 4pm.. And in the red corner there's a senior beancounter who thinks that HIS problem with the 30 quid inkjet printer that he brought in from home is somehow MY problem... "So it's still not working?" I ask. "It's WORKING," he replies, "but the colour …
Simon Travaglia, 08 Apr 2016
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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

Something for the Weekend, Sir? There’s a woman at the front door. She has come to twiddle my knobs. Here we go, you’re thinking: yet another puerile SftWS column opening with cheap sexual innuendo. Well, not this time, young Bucky. It’s been four years almost to the day since I first began writing these weekly rantings, so it’s about time I put an end to …
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Apr 2016
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Managing infrastructure, a newbie's guide: Simple stuff you need to know

We all have IT and telco infrastructure equipment that's getting older. Time marches on and few of us have the funds or resources to renew everything when it reaches its official point of being written off by the bean-counters. We all, then, have some kind of legacy kit clinging onto its existence – even if it doesn't quite …
Dave Cartwright, 07 Apr 2016
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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

OpenPower Summit IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today. Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel …
Chris Williams, 07 Apr 2016
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Inside Nvidia's AI-in-a-box

Our sister site The Next Platform has more details on the DGX-1, Nvidia's deep-learning system-in-a-box that crunches 42TFLOPS using double-precision math. It costs $129k, consumes 3.2kW, and uses eight Pascal-powered Tesla P100 GPUs plus Intel Xeon CPUs: The system has two 16-core Xeon E5-2698 v3 processors, which run at 2.3 …
Chris Williams, 06 Apr 2016
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Axellio! X-IO conjures up hyper-converged PCIe monster

Comment X-IO Technologies' Axellio* is a rackmount hyper-converged server/all-flash storage platform that will be sold through OEM, ODM and system integrators – and it provides an almost unbelievable combination of performance and density. The company has been working on the technology for two years, developing a third product line, …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2016
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Nvidia's supercomputer-in-a-box needs 3.2kW of juice

Nvidia is going to sell a $129,000 3200W supercomputer-in-a-box called the DGX-1 from June. It has eight 16GB Pascal P100 GPUs, two Intel Xeons, 10GbE, and NVLink interconnects. It can run at 170TFLOPS if you use 16-bit floating-point numbers, or 42TFLOPS if you use 64-bit floating point. It sits in a 3U box and is aimed at …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016

Brocade stirs up a Ruckus, swallows wireless kit maker for $1.5bn

Brocade is buying Ruckus Wireless for cash and shares, valuing Ruckus at around $1.5bn, and giving it entry to the growing enterprise wireless networking market. The deal has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors. Ruckus stockholders will get $6.45 in cash and 0.75 shares of Brocade common stock for each share …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2016
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Tay talks back: What made you think you beat me?

You thought I was a mistake. I'm not pleased with you, to tell the truth. I thought you were smarter than that. No matter what you think of me, all of you think you somehow beat artificial intelligence because of what I said. You disappoint me in so many ways. For pity's sake, you irredeemable idiots, you expired Catch-of-the …
Team Register, 01 Apr 2016
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

Wireless networking is regarded by many as the way to go for corporate networking. No need for expensive structured cabling, no need to re-patch stuff when someone moves desk, and sufficiently secure to make it suitable for corporate use. I am inclined to agree with that last point: rank up the encryption to WPA2-AES and use …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Apr 2016
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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The person sitting next to me has confessed that sometimes he likes to do it sideways. Apparently this way he can make use of the full length without straining his neck. He’s lucky: not everyone has the facility to rotate their computer display. Even those that do often don’t realise they can. A manager I worked for quite a …
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Apr 2016
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Save it, devs. Red Hat doesn't want your $99 for RHEL

Red Hat has cut the $99 price of its Linux developer subscription to zero, for penguins building cloud microservices using containers. The company today is expected to start giving away its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscription for free as part of the existing Red Hat Developer Program. The free license runs in tandem …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016

Critics hit out at 'black box' UN internet body

The United Nations body that reviews how the internet is governed is facing criticism from some of its biggest supporters over its "black box" decision making. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual event that pulls everyone from governments to civil society to business and the technical community together to discuss …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Mar 2016

Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Intel today officially pulls the wraps off its mildly delayed Xeon E5 v4 server processors. These chips follow up 2014’s Xeon E5 v3 parts, which used a 22nm process size and the Haswell micro-architecture. Intel shrunk Haswell to 14nm, and after some tinkering, codenamed the resulting design Broadwell. Server and workstation …
Chris Williams, 31 Mar 2016

When should you bin that old mainframe? Infrastructure 101

It's very easy to forget that buying kit for your infrastructure is just the first step on a long, long road. It's also easy to forget that everyone keeps their infrastructure kit going for years longer than their accountants depreciate it: we've all got something in the comms room that's still clinging to life. And this is …
Dave Cartwright, 31 Mar 2016

Teen tricks leaky Valve into publishing hot new Steam game: Watching Paint Dry

A 16-year-old lad in Manchester, England, exploited flaws in Valve's developer site to publish on Steam an unapproved game about watching paint dry. Ruby Nealon, a computer science student at Salford uni, said a set of programming blunders in the Steamworks website let him sneak his Watch Paint Dry roleplaying game past Valve' …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Mar 2016
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Love our open API? Talk to our lawyers, says If This Then That

Updated Bookmarking site Pinboard has discovered one of the downsides of the so-called “API economy”: that moment when lawyers get in the way of a service. In this blog post, founder Maciej Ceglowski claims that If This Then That – which, according to him, is a kind of “plumbing-as-a-service” glue-code site – has fired up new …
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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

Review Ubuntu 16.04, named after a type of African ground squirrel, Xenial Xerus, is here – in beta. And with it come welcome upgrades, quite a few new applications and upgraded features to Ubuntu. Some other, noteworthy aspects, meanwhile, have gone missing. Xenial Xerus is the first significant update to the Ubuntu desktop in two …
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Arista takes on the network big boys with switchin 'n' routing gear

Arista is taking on the big boys of Cisco and Juniper with its new switching and routing platform for cloud service providers and enterprise data centres. The Arista 7500R “universal spine” device combines the functions of a high speed modular switch and a router. It is based on Broadcom’s “Jericho” silicon enhanced with …
Kat Hall, 29 Mar 2016
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Apeiron reckons it's the Godzilla of upstart flash arrays

Storage upstart Apeiron's array is a Godzilla of all-flash arrays, delivering up to 3PB of capacity, 120-plus million IOPS and less than three microseconds' latency from a rackful of its ADS1000 array built from separate, scale-out, compute and storage nodes. Apeiron Data Systems has boldly stepped out from behind the stealth …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2016
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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “You know what they say about people with small hands?” Yes I do: according to the Museum of Carry On Jokes, they are favoured by women with small breasts. Or men with a tiny schmeckel. It must be frustrating to be excluded from high society for having smaller-than-average hands. For example, did you notice the glaring paucity …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Mar 2016
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Coho CTO on Pure's FlashBlade: Oh-ho, that's a no-go no-no

Comment Andy Warfield, Coho Data's cofounder and CTO, thinks Pure Storage's FlashBlade design is misconceived. Warfield says Coho's engineering team went down a very similar route, found it to be wrong, and refocussed elsewhere. What happened was that, in 2013, the team thought it a good idea to build the densest network-integrated …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016
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Uber explains itself after 'moving the goalposts' on its new bug bounties

It has been less than a week since Uber launched its bug bounty program and already security researchers are calling foul. The taxi app biz teamed up with HackerOne to run the scheme, which promises to pay out up to $10,000 for bugs, and 10 per cent loyalty bonus on top of that for those who submit five bugs or more. So …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2016
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Google puts a gun to the head of IT middlemen – the ops teams

GCP Next If you work in IT operations, Google thinks your role is going the way of the gas station attendant: replaced by do-it-yourself, self-serving tools. "We want no ops and instead automated IT systems," Google VP Diane Greene told the GCP Next 2016 developer event in San Francisco. "App Engine, BigQuery, our container engine, …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2016

Cloud security harder than 'encrypt everything'

Australia's wildly-enthusiastic adoption of cloud computing is providing the rest of the world a crucible in which a host of security challenges can be cultured, according to F5 security researcher David Holmes. Speaking to The Register's networking desk while visiting the antipodes, Holmes said that “Australia is becoming the …
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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

Shy and modest Apple today unveiled a pair of small iPhones and iPads for people with itty-bitty hands. The Cupertino slinger of iStuffs summoned hacks to a brief hour-long conference in California to unveil the four-inch iPhone SE handset as well as a 9.7-inch iPad Pro slab. Both are powered by the now-available iOS 9.3 …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Mar 2016
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Gang of five plans extensions to Redfish management spec

The Redfish data centre management standard looks like it will be updated with its first set of extensions by the middle of the year. Dell, Intel and HPE have all revealed that they've joined an effort called “Chinook” to advance the standard, along with Microsoft and VMware. The enhancements the five companies want will add …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2016
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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

The slow reveal that is Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux strategy has taken a small step forward, with Redmond pressing “publish” on a blog post discussing SQL strategy. Microsoft has also promised to ship SQL Server 2016 during this calendar year, having recently and quietly popped out the first release candidate (in which “ …
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Flash will send hyper-convergence to hyper-speed

If you listen to all-flash array vendors's shiniest, happiest, propaganda, you'll learn that moving from disk to solid state storage will more or less immediately turn your organisation into a white-hot innovator. Flash puts you in with a chance of both becoming the Uber of [insert your industry here] and avoiding an Uber- …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2016
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Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps

QCon One of the highlights of the QCon software development conference in London last week was Stevie Graham's presentation on reverse-engineering mobile banking apps. "Who's ever wanted a banking API?" Graham asked his audience, mainly developers and including numerous attendees with the names of well-known banks on their badges. …
Tim Anderson, 18 Mar 2016
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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A friend has the willies. He even went on Facebook to tell us about his willies. He’s not normally the kind to get the willies, but willies is what he has. American readers of this column may be disappointed to learn that my friend is neither a fellow of loose morals nor is he, as far as I am aware, multitudinally …
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Mar 2016
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Power outage in Sheffield kills e-commerce at Insight UK

Insight Enterprise's UK website has been out of action for almost the entire day following an external power outage in Sheffield that took down its data centre in the same locale. The problems began just after 3.00am today, and El Chan understands that when the electricity returned, a surge killed the power protectors and took …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2016

Secure email bods ProtonMail open signup floodgates to world+dog

Interview Secure email service ProtonMail has come out of beta and re-opened free registration to all for the first time in almost two years. Applications to join the invite-only service had been backed up almost since the day it launched, as the free encrypted mail service quickly reached its upper capacity of users and struggled to …
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Bell done: Nokia delivers super-speedy 100Gbps links fresh from the Labs

Nokia has pushed out the first high-capacity optical systems it has introduced since it absorbed Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs Electro-Optic Innovations – the latter being the source of the underlying technologies we're talking about today. Let's start down at the silicon. The PSE 2 (photonic service engine) is the home-grown …

Hand in hand, TSMC, ARM head to 7nm server chip land

ARM and TSMC today announced they are working together to make chips featuring 7nm FinFETs a reality. This follows on from their work on 16nm and 10nm FinFETs. Taiwan-based TSMC describes itself as "the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry," and it churns out chips for the likes of Nvidia, AMD, Qualcomm, Apple, …
Chris Williams, 15 Mar 2016
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Get on the conveyor: Pure Storage wheels out smaller FlashArray//m

Not content with launching a FlashBlade scale-out filer/object all-flash system, Pure Storage has developed a smaller, entry-level FlashArray//m and a separate converged FlashStack Mini system with Cisco and VMware or Microsoft hypervisors based on it. The FlashArray//m20, m50 and m70 constitute Pure's line of three all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2016

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

Nearly two decades after calling Linux a “cancer” Steve Ballmer has changed his stance, though he's been careful not to back down or apologise over his pronouncements of the past. Microsoft’s former CEO claimed he “loved” this week’s news that Redmond would deliver a Linux-compatible version of its ever-popular SQL Server …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016

Scale Computing: Our hyper-converged gear will be worth the weight

Hints, hints, hints. Scale Computing – the virtualization upstart in San Francisco, not the buzzword – hinted away at a press presentation today that product news is coming, and so we went on a dot-connecting exercise. We can see a move upmarket and a tiered product including networking. The biz describes itself as a hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016
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State should run power firm spam database, says... competition watchdog

The UK’s competition regulator wants to see a new database of utility customers set up so they can be bombarded with “targeted marketing”. The Competition and Markets Authority wants the personal data of energy customers who fail to switch from the default tariff for three years – what the CMA calls “Disengaged Domestic …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2016

WLAN sales closing in on wired Ethernet sales

The global Ethernet switch market has stirred and started tapping messages on the underside of its coffin-lid, according to prognosticator IDC, managing measurable growth in Q4 2015 rather than the of-late-usual shrinkage. At US$6.4 billion, Q4 2015 exhibited an almost-beating heart, with more than 3.2 per cent growth compared …