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Quantum cryptography demo shows no need for ritzy new infrastructure

Telefónica and Huawei have carried out a successful field trial of quantum cryptography on commercial optical networks. Other teams, notably a Toshiba Research and Cambridge University Engineering Department, have made great strides in Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), a technology that promises unprecedented secrecy. While …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2018
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VMware and Microsoft make up and get NSX-y together

Who do you trust to take you into the promised land of software-defined networking: a hardware company disaggregating its products as fast as it dares, or a software company trying to build a vast platform spanning any data centre, anywhere? That's the choice techies face because VMware has decided it's in the cloud networking …
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Cisco bulks up routers for carriers struggling with CDN traffic

Cisco might be turning itself into a software company, but that's a slow process, and in the meantime, the router giant still has hardware on the roadmap. This week at YetAnotherConference™ – the MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress in Paris – Cisco announced a suite of routing products targeting the persistently-underperforming …

Cisco separates switching and routing software from hardware

Cisco has taken a long, hard look at the biggest bullet in its kit, and bitten down: the company has announced it will separate its router and switch software from the hardware that hosts it. The “kill-your-darlings” decision is in response to demand from hyperscale Web outfits and service providers, rising sales of white-box …
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Linux Foundation lays out welcome mat for AT&T network OS

AT&T has let its in-house-developed network operating system escape into the open source world via the Linux Foundation, with a code release due in the second half of this year. The existence of what was internally called dNOS emerged last year as part of the company's plan to replace 100,000 routers with white boxes. Ma Bell …

Colt, Verizon show off inter-carrier SDN

One thing that's always been promised in telco-land, but rarely delivered, is genuine automation between carrier networks. At the end of last week, Verizon and Colt claimed to crack it with an inter-carrier software-defined-networking (SDN) demo. Verizon's put a lot of effort into software-defined networking development over …
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Citrix swallows Cedexis to give NetScaler more multi-cloud cred

Citrix has bought traffic optimisation company Cedexis for an undisclosed sum. Cedexis focuses on traffic mostly outside the enterprise perimeter, “dynamically optimising the flow of traffic across public clouds, data centres, CDNs and ISPs”, the canned announcement says, for better application performance in hybrid and multi- …
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White box, anyone? Big Switch pumps Big Cloud Fabric updates as pretty Big Deal

Big Switch Networks has updated its Big Cloud Fabric to support hyperconverged (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS) products so they don't need to use shonky old proprietary networking hardware. Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) v4 came out a year ago with enhanced VMware support, multi-container networking, and scaling up to 128 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2018
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Linux Foundation puts all its networking eggs in one basket

The Linux Foundation has decided the time is right for one administrative structure to cover all of its networking efforts, so has created the “LF Networking Fund ” to oversee them all. While the Fund is mostly a governance effort, the Foundation has decided to implement it because software-defined networking (SDN) is growing …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2018
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Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts. The organisation has had its eye on this for a while with an effort called “SNAPS” the “SDN & NFV Application Platform …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2017
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AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware. Revealed in a white paper titled Towards an Open, Disaggregated Network Operating System [PDF], the carrier's plan called for the creation of a “Disaggregated Network Operating System” (dNOS) as …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2017
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Google's software-defined network – and its significance – both just accelerated

Google last week announced that it has started using version 2.1 of its Andromeda software-defined networking stack. Why are we bothering to report that? A couple of reasons. First, it's fast. Google says it “reduces network latency between Compute Engine VMs by 40% over Andromeda 2.0 and by nearly a factor of eight since we …
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VMware buys VeloCloud to make the WAN NSX-y

VMware's acquired VeloCloud and will use its wares to extend its NSX software-defined networking platform to the wide area network. VeloCloud's bread and butter is software-defined WANs, which it operates from a cloud-based “Orchestrator” that takes most of the load off on-premises WAN networking hardware and lets users define …
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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

Fire your network administrators, hire developers instead, and stop expecting networking equipment vendors to provide anything more valuable than free lunches. That's the advice from games-maker Electronic Arts director of technical engagement Peyton Koran, who delivered a talk titled “The Impacts of Cloud Computing and Open …
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OpenStack Pike release bites hard on microservices and scale

With the release of OpenStack Pike, the OpenStack Foundation has focussed on making the foundational software-defined networking environment look more digestible and better-suited to the world of microservices that's grown up around it. Speaking to The Register about the release, OpenStack Foundation executive director …
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Juniper puts an Enforcer on the door and adds Cisco to the guest list

Juniper Networks has announced an upgrade to its Software Defined Secure Networks (SDSN) platform, and among other things it's added cross-platform capabilities. The Gin-fuelled networking company has decided that its sworn enemy and nemesis, Cisco Systems, might conceivably have kit in its customers' sites, so its policy …
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HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately. Its sales staff have been instructed to shut down customer demos and proof-of-concept installations. IT buyers will be told to try other gear if they want to evaluate and roll out software-defined networking. HPE workers have also been …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2017
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No middle ground, no compromise: VMware blocks Cisco's SDN play

VMware's recent decision to block third-party virtual switches on its platform could put a serious crimp in, among others, Cisco's plans for Software-Defined Networking (SDN). What does this move mean for customers who don't buy into VMware's NSX vision, but prefer the more hardware-centric SDN exemplified by Cisco's ACI? To …
Trevor Pott, 20 Apr 2017

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