Articles about Switch

Mellanox forges fun-sized 40Gb/sec Ethernet switch

Mellanox Technologies is trying to milk its switch-hitting, hybrid Ethernet-InfiniBand SwitchX-2 chips for every dollar possible, and has just cooked up a baby switch that can run at 40Gb/sec or 56Gb/sec using the Ethernet protocol. The SX1012 is a half-width switch that has a dozen ports in a 1U rack form factor, which means …

Japanese female fish in sperm-producing strangeness

Japanese fish boffins have discovered – for the first time in vertebrates – a genetic switch which determines whether germ cells (essentially reproductive precursors) become either eggs or sperm. The gene has been named fox13 and has been identified using a small fish called medaka, also known as the Japanese rice fish due to …

Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

Not content with shaking up storage and servers, Facebook is creating an open source switch to help it save money on networking equipment and stop it being dependent on technologies pioneered by any single company. The switch was announced by Facebook's infrastructure czar Frank Frankovsky in a keynote speech at Interop on …
Jack Clark, 08 May 2013

Do your switches run Cumulus Linux? Puppet will pull your strings

Cumulus Networks, home of a Linux-of-choice for white-box switches, has linked arms with Puppet Labs and joined its Puppet Supported Program. While it's “just another” certification from one angle, Puppet's Carl Caum told The Register it's important to the company. He said while there are plenty of tools to manage equipment in …
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KILL SWITCH 'BLOCKED by cell operators' to pad PROFITS, thunders D.A.

Some of the biggest US cellular networks have been accused of preventing Samsung from installing anti-theft remote "kill switch" software on smartphones: supposedly, because they were worried it would eventually cut into profits. San Francisco district attorney George Gascón said he had been working with Sammy to get the LoJack …
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2013

QLogic's save-the-biz pitch: Ditch the switch glitch - get rich

Troubled storage adapter supplier QLogic is getting out of the Fibre Channel switch business to save cash and focus resources on its adapters. The news came as investors and analysts digested the firm's quarterly results showing its first loss in over two years. A flattish FC host bus adapter (HBA) and converged network adapter …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013
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Ofcom: Making a switch between ISPs will soon be much easier

Ofcom is bringing in new measures to finally make it much easier for broadband and landline customers in the UK to drop one telco in favour of another provider. In the past, subscribers were required to do loads of legwork to make the switch, which often meant they were much more reluctant to ditch their existing ISP – even if …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Aug 2013
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Twitter sneaks in Facebook-ish photo-tagging – how to switch it off

Without much fuss, Twitter has taken another step to be more like Facebook – and added a photo-tagging feature. And in the best traditions of social networks, the privacy-diminisher is switched on by default. The tagging feature means anyone can identify someone in a photograph they post, unless you realise it's happening, log …
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Yahoo! To! Switch! On! Webmail! Crypto! By! Default! Next! Year!

Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, Yahoo! has said that it will make SSL encryption the default for all users of its Yahoo! Mail service beginning in January. The Purple Palace confirmed the plan in an emailed statement to the Washington Post on Monday. Yahoo! has only offered SSL encryption for its …
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2013
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Intel stuffs more dough down Big Switch Network's trousers

Intel has come in late in the Series B round of funding for SDN upstart Big Switch Networks, and has crammed another $6.5m into its pockets. Why? Simple: Chipzilla's Intel Capital venture arm knows that its parent company is counting on the switching business to help keep its Data Center and Connected Systems Group growing …
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Mellanox wants to prise OEMs loose from Broadcom

Mellanox is putting itself forward at the heart of faster Ethernet data centre networks, with both chips and switches pitched at 25 Gbps, 50 Gbps and 100 Gbps deployments. Speaking to The Register ahead of the launch, the company's VP of marketing Gilad Shainer said the silicon provides “the only non-blocking 100 Gbps switch in …

Dell crams modular hybrid server and storage switch into 1U pizza box

One of the bright spots in Dell's business these days is its networking unit, which doubled its sales last year thanks in large part to the acquisition of Force10 Networks nearly two years ago. Now Dell has to keep pace with its many competitors in the networking racket – which it has just done with the launch of a new modular …
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IBM rounds out 10GE/40GE RackSwitches with a switch hitter

Big Blue is rounding out its RackSwitch top-of-rack switches in conjunction with the launch of entry and midrange Power7+ servers earlier this week. IBM is kicking out two new switches, the RackSwitch G8264CS and G8264T, both of which offer a base number 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and then additional uplinks or so-called " …
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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

Digital thermostats from Heatmiser are wide open to takeover thanks to default login credentials and myriad other security flaws. The UK-based manufacturer has promised to develop a fix. Pending the arrival of a patch, users are advised to disable the device's Wi-Fi capability. The security flaws were discovered by Andrew …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2014
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Microsoft unveils API to break hardware/software coupling in switches

Open Compute Summit While Facebook is likely to dominate news out of the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, Microsoft and Big Switch Networks have also brought along major announcements to the confab. From Redmond comes the Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI), its latest contribution to the project. The SAI – which Mellanox is demonstrating on …
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Got $100k to spare? Try this cloudy SDN starter kit

Big Switch is pitching a starter kit for the BCF bare-metal-plus-SDN combo it launched at the end of September. BCF – Big Cloud Fabric for those who aren't paying by the word – is a data-centre-targeted offering in which the brainpower is abstracted to a fabric controller operating either as a cluster of virtual machines, or as …
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Submarine cable capacity doubled with flick of switch

With a flick of a switch, NTT has boosted the capacity on its Japan-US PC-1 cable link more than 2.5 times to 8.4 terabits per second. The company's announcement heralds the beginning of a rollout that will ultimately take in NTT's intra-Asian submarine cables. NTT has been trialling 100 Gbps digital coherent optical systems …
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Sony's 'Dot Switch' unveiled as interactive Android app

Sony's Dot Switch technology was revealed this week to be an Android app which allows users to interact with live events. Its first use will be in conjunction with American pop group Karmin, set to make an appearance on Japan's TBS network. Those who tap into the app during the performance will help create, ahem, "an …
Caleb Cox, 22 Feb 2012
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Juniper pals up with Ruckus Wireless, targets Cisco (again)

Juniper Networks is moving to fill out footprint in enterprise wireless access, signing a deal to integrate kit from Ruckus Wireless into its Ethernet switch range. The gin palace has long longed to compete with Cisco in the wireless market. It first tagged the segment as important back in 2003, while more recently dropped US$ …

Apple, AT&T settle 'bait and switch' iPad 3G data plan lawsuit

Apple and AT&T have agreed to a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that may drop forty bucks into your pocket should you have purchased a 3G-enabled iPad before June 7, 2010. The lawsuit, filed on June 9, 2010, accused Apple and AT&T of using bait-and-switch chicanery when selling those iPads, promising unlimited data …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2013
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NEC uncloaks freebie virtual switch for Hyper-V

Japanese server and switch provider NEC jumped out in front of other players in the market with an OpenFlow controller for managing forwarding tables and network workflow in virtualized switches, and now it has coded up its own virtual switch that runs inside of Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor. Like server virtualization rival …
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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

RBS customers are continuing feel the fall-out from the bank's IT disaster last week which led to 600,000 customer transactions going missing, The Register can reveal. While outstanding payments now appear to have been restored to users' accounts, some customers are reporting on-going issues when attempting to switch from RBS. …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2015
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Etailer punts steamy lace-up 24-port switch

Those among you who're looking to spice up your server room are directed right here, where you can avail yourselves of this provocative piece of Brocade kit: The Brocade 300 switch on Pinnacle - pic shows a black corset Obviously, the form factor is a bit bigger than a standard 19-inch rack, but if you're willing to go to the …
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Big Switch Networks stuffs $25m more down its trousers

Quasi-stealth virtual networking startup Big Switch Networks has bagged its second pile of cash from venture capitalists, who hope to rake in the big bucks from the software-defined networks (SDN) craze – particularly after they missed the money train that was Nicira, which server-virtualization juggernaut VMware shelled out $1. …
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Broadcom offers devs a peep-show inside its switches

Open Compute Summit When Facebook started down the path of creating the Open Compute Project (OCP), part of its reasoning was that too many vendors hide the underlying silicon from the world of users. That part of the project seems to be having its desired effect, with Broadcom using the OCP Summit to announce that it's going to give developers API …
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How does a global corporation switch to IP Voice?

Not so long ago I worked with a company that had more than a dozen offices around the world. Each had its own phone system – a total of five different makes – of which only two could handle IP telephony. As a colleague once put it, we used to “spend a lot of time phoning ourselves”. International calls to our own staff, …
Dave Cartwright, 04 Mar 2015
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Dell expands open networking program with new switches

Dell has celebrated the first birthday of its open networking program by launching more products. The program is part of Dell's take on software-defined networking with its core idea being that punters might want to buy kit running an operating system other than that devised by its maker. This arrangement differs from white box …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
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Intel shows off Seacliff Trail SDN-enabled switch

IDF 2012 Intel wants to dominate the networking and storage arenas, each worth about $25bn a year in sales, just as much as it ever wanted to dominate the server racket, which accounts for around $50bn a year in sales. And if its goal is to double the revenues of its Data Center and Connected Systems group to $20bn by 2016 – as general …

Big Switch Networks quits OEM-led SDN scheme

Big Switch Networks, a startup with everything to gain from adoption of its software defined networking (SDN) technology, has left an SDN group dominated by traditional OEMs who had much to lose, after the group went with Cisco's tech over Big Switch's as the base of an SDN spec. Big Switch announced on Wednesday that it was …
Jack Clark, 06 Jun 2013

Cisco ports Nexus 1000V virtual switch to Microsoft's Hyper-V

Upstart server-maker Cisco is bounding around the Microsoft Management Summit this week in Las Vegas to talk about how it is plugging its technologies into Redmond's cloud stack. First up, as it promised it would do back in the summer of 2011, Cisco has ported its Nexus 1000V virtual switch to run atop Microsoft's Hyper-V server …
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Cisco strengthens its hardware-defined networking products

Cisco has introduced a new Fibre Channel fabric switch to better connect virtualised servers to all-flash arrays, seeing a rise in back-end array connection port-counts and speed needed to satisfy all-flash array IO demands. It's also bumped up its mainframe FICON connect speed and spread 40GbitE support across its Nexus …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2015
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Brocade adds more Ethernet to storage

Brocade's announced another chunk of its IP strategy, this time with an eye to drawing network-attached storage (NAS) devices into its warm embrace. The idea, A/NZ senior director Gary Denman told Vulture South, is to give IP-attached storage the kind of SLA support and manageability that Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN …
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Ethernet switch sales sizzle

The server market may have stalled a bit as Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle, and Fujitsu work through various stages of processor transitions, but the Ethernet switch market is going gangbusters. According to the box counters at IDC, the worldwide market for Layer 2 and 3 switching gear that adheres to the Ethernet protocol accounted …
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North Korea to switch on the interwebs

North Korea has agreed to allow internet access within its borders, or at least within the bounds of an industrial park run jointly with firms from the South. Pyongyang officials have agreed to open a business centre in the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the first half of the year, which will initially house 20 internet-connected …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Feb 2014
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Torched £30 server switch costs phone firm millions in lost sales

At the BCS CMSG conference in London earlier this year, Unisys CM manager Michel Delran spoke about how to design and implement a successful configuration management process and how a configuration management database can save you millions. He began with the real-life cautionary tale of a phone company which lost millions as a …
Eira Hayward, 03 Sep 2013
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Drilling into a half-decent gigabit small-biz switch... from D-Link

Review I have a confession to make, dear readers. While I'm aware that this admission opens me up to virtually unlimited heckling from the Cisco-indoctrinated crowd, the truth of the matter is that D-Link switches have served me in good stead for over a decade. After having spent the past month reviewing D-Link's DGS-3420-28TC, I've …
Trevor Pott, 25 Feb 2013
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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

Analysis Bungling peers failed to thrust Theresa May's widely discredited Snoopers' Charter into the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill on Monday – but they did an excellent job of highlighting their ignorance about technology. A bewildered Lord King of Bridgwater trotted out the usual alarmist guff that Britain faced a grave and …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2015

Infiniband Association adds control freakery to Volume 1 spec

The InifiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) hopes to ward off the risk of an Ethernet invasion in the ranks of HPC users with a renewed focus on manageability and visibility. Such features have just appeared in release 1.3 of the Volume 1 standard. The IBTA's Bill Lee told The Register that as HPC clusters grow, “you want to be …

RIM: 'Faulty switch took out faulty-switch-proof network'

Blackberry bosses held a short press conference at 10am EST (15.00 GMT) today to calm investors, answer media questions and shed (a little bit) more light on the faulty switch that caused the three-day service outages across the UK, Europe, Africa and Latin America. RIM’s co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, as well as …
Anna Leach, 13 Oct 2011
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Nuage Networks tacks SDN to underlay

Software defined network (SDN) visibility is the new black, it seems: Nuage Networks has become the second vendor this week to play connect-the-dots between the physical layer and the overlay. Like Big Switch Networks, which on Tuesday made its VMware NSX visibility play for Big Fabric Controller (BFC), Nuage reckons …

Cisco fluffs up freebie Nexus virtual switch

Cisco is poised to begin beta testing of the latest version of its Nexus 1000V virtual switches, including a new Essential Edition which it will offer for the low, low price of nothing at all. The reasoning behind this pricing policy is simplicity itself: if you are trying to take on VMware in the market for virtual switches, as …
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Hey, network giants: Facebook swigs from an 'open' 6-PACK of tech

Facebook has taken another step towards kicking the traditional switch vendors out of its network, setting their chassis-based switches in the cross-hairs. The Social NetworkTM has created a chassis and fabric for the Wedge switches it let loose on its data centres last year. Announced at today's Facebook Networking@Scale event …
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Net admins: the white box world HASN'T forgotten you

Pervasive security and deeper monitoring: that's what Big Switch Networks is pitching as the centrepiece of the next iteration of its Big Tap Monitoring Fabric, version 4.5. This system is designed to fit in the network packet broker (NPB) space – the out-of-band sniffer network that raises alerts admins if something's going …

Intel's new Xeon: Easy to switch between dual memory modes? Uh, no

Analysis Intel's new Xeon E7 v2 server chips are capable of two different memory modes, but don't expect to switch between them willy-nilly or to have two VMs running on the same box using different modes. As we noted in our deep dive into the innards of Chipzilla's new top-of-the-line x86 server processors, the Xeon E7 v2 series …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2014
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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

Microsoft has confirmed it will roll out Skype for Business – the service formerly known as Microsoft Lync – across its subscription-based Office 365 cloud this month. "Skype for Business Online is now rolling out to Office 365 customers worldwide, and we expect the roll out to be complete by the end of May," said the Skype team …
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2015
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NBN Co says 'ante-up' to fibre applicants

Want to know if you can get fibre to the home instead of the node? It'll cost at least $300 just to ask the question, under a new “Technology Choice Policy” published by NBN Co. The former “network extension” policy (which let satellite users ask about fixed wireless upgrades, and fixed wireless areas ask about fibre) was made …

Broadcom tops US$2 billion in March quarter

Broadcom reckons its exit from the cellular baseband modem business was a win, with better cashflow and more money handy to invest in its core business. At the company's latest analyst session, chair and CTO Henry Samueli said that the exit had also given Broadcom the chance to enter “adjacent markets”. The company narrowly …
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At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

On-call Welcome to On-Call, our semi-regular-ish weekend feature in which readers share experiences that happened late at night, in odd places. This week, the tale of reader "IT Gnome" who tells us "I work on call for a chemical factory, and it wouldn't look out of place at night in a zombie film." "It's perhaps the bleakest scariest …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2015
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Cumulus Networks gives network admins a little DevOps loving

Cumulus Networks has launched a management config of its Linux network distro to give white-box sysadmins the kind of capabilities they're used to in the world of proprietary switches. The Cumulus Rack Management Platform (RMP) OS is designed to provide a single “common interface and operational model” to users of white box …
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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

US law enforcement is calling for a mandatory kill switch on all mobiles, enabling the shut down of stolen phones in the hope of rendering them worthless. Mobile phone theft keeps rising, with one in three US robberies involving mobile kit, apparently. A coalition of US law enforcement agencies calling itself "Secure our …
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2013