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Watch this: An introduction to Microsoft BizTalk Server

Video Youtube Video This is a quick walk-through of the capabilities of BizTalk, Microsoft's integration server. See how to use BizTalk to pass messages between disparate applications, and look at the range of services it offers, from business process management to Enterprise Service Bus capabilities. The Register is broadcasting a …
David Gordon, 30 May 2014
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Huawei sprinkles more SDN dust on enterprise kit

Huawei has expanded its software-defined networking support with the launch of the snappily-named Huawei Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution, which El Reg is reluctantly going to have to shorten to ADCCCS to stay within its keystroke budget. The solution is based on two main components, the vendor says: its CloudEngine data …
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Watch this! How to use OS X Server for mobile device management

Video Youtube Video In this 75-minute webinar, QA's Scott Hayes looks at Apple's OS X Mavericks and OS X Server as a mobile Device Management solution for iOS and OS X devices. Learn how to deploy profiles to an iPad, iPhone or Mac using OS X Server on OS X Mavericks and Apple Push Notification Service. The Register is broadcasting a …
David Gordon, 24 May 2014
Spam

How do I escape this damned email blacklist?

Readers' corner Commentard m0rt writes in El Reg Forums: Someone who has a mailing account with one of my domains, which in turn is hosted on a mate's server, had his email password lifted from his XP laptop and subsequently that account was used to send out a near a million spam messages. Or attempted to, I caught it with 847k still to go. So …
Drew Cullen, 24 May 2014
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Watch this: IPv4 must die! So let's beef up on IPv6

Video Youtube Video In this 90-minute webinar QA's John Cannings looks at the shortcomings of IPv4 and how IPv6 answers the needs of today’s communications systems. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration is required to watch the recordings. ipv6 logo
David Gordon, 23 May 2014
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Webinar: Enterprise mobile management with the Microsoft stack

Promo Join Microsoft on June 4, 10am UK time for a live summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy. You can check out the full agenda and register for this event here. Can't attend on the day? Just sign up and we'll ping you when the session is available on demand. In this virtual event, Microsoft will discuss Windows Phone …
David Gordon, 23 May 2014

Cisco sprinkles more SDN goodness into the access network

Cisco is pushing its “Evolved Programmable Network” architecture further into the access network, with a slew of product releases designed to make the access network more “cloudy”. First, let's get through the list of serial numbers. The new products cover optical access, Ethernet access, TDM access, management and …
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IETF plans to NSA-proof all future internet protocols

The IETF has taken the next small step down the long, long road of protecting user traffic from spooks, snoops and attackers, setting down the basic architectural principle that new protocols should resist monitoring. It's not going to be a trivial undertaking: practically every layer of the Internet protocol stack has its …

Qualcomm puts $US300M price on Wilocity's head

Qualcomm is reportedly getting ready to acquire high-speed 60 GHz WiGig chip-maker Wilocity, according to a report out of Israel. According to financial site TheMarker, the mobile silicon vendor is putting a $US300 million price tag on the acquisition (original here). Qualcomm, along with Marvell Semiconductors, was part of an …

IoT silos bad for business: Rackspace

Today's Internet of Things (IoT) devices have to break out of their vendor silos if they're to be taken seriously in the corporate environment, according to Rackspace Asia's CTO Alan Perkins. Speaking to Vulture South at its CeBIT stand to launch an upgrade to its Australian service (more on this below), Perkins said the future …

Canucks' ISPs routing data through snoop heaven USA

A University of Toronto-led transparency project has criticised Canada's ISPs for unnecessarily routing user traffic via the US, even when both the origin and destination of the traffic is within Canada. In a study that mirrors, in part, European concerns about why traffic should traverse the US when it doesn't need to, the …
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Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

Anonymous – or, at least, entities claiming Anonymous affiliation – has put together a secure communications project using the open source ham-radio Fldigi modem controller. You're not going to get fast communications out of AirChat, since it takes the world back to the days of encoding data over voice channels. The group says “ …
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OK Virtual Instruments, you've made a thing. Must you fill our ears with PR gobbledegook?

Virtual Instruments has launched an "entity-centric solution" amid an unparalleled display of marketing verbiage. The product is called VirtualWisdom, version 4.0. It's basically a network fabric sniffer with analysis smarts to help get networks working better. Originally it did Fibre Channel and then FCoE, but is branching out …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014

Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)

Feature So you know your way around a data center just fine, but you've been told to roll out VDI – aka that highly riveting technology, virtual desktop infrastructure. This is your first time juggling virtualization on this scale. What do you need to worry about? How will you test and benchmark it? Our sysadmin blogger Trevor Pott …
Trevor Pott, 28 Apr 2014
Block diagram of the NSX virtual networking stack from VMware

VMware starts invitation-only NSX training

If you visit VMware's certifications portal you may notice there's something missing: Virtzilla currently offers no courses for its NSX network virtualisation product. The only entry under NSX is for a forthcoming “Associate” level certification, the very lowest of VMware certifications that ask candidates to prove familiarity …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2014
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Brit boffins use TARDIS to re-route data flows through time and space

A gaggle of boffins from University College London have proposed a method to cut data carriage costs for internet service providers (ISPs) and have given their idea the name TARDIS, for “Traffic Assignment and Retiming Dynamics with Inherent Stability”. Described in this paper, the six authors explain that customers of consumer- …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014
Apple's solar array in Maiden, North Carolina

So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

Ingenious Scottish boffins have invented a solar-panel-powered version of their data networking kit that uses light to shift bits wirelessly. The team, based at the University of Edinburgh, first called its technology D-Light, short for data light, and its existence was revealed exclusively by your humble correspondent during a …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2014
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Dell punts big fat switch into OpenStack clouds

Dell has tagged software-defined networking (SDN) and big data centre switching in its latest switch/controller release. The late-March launch of a high-capacity switch and a fabric controller are, according to networking sales director Vijay Valayatham, part of a “grander vision about scale-out fabrics and lease-buy …
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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

The US Trade Representative is warning Europe not to proceed with the idea of EU data network services that don't cross the Atlantic. The idea of a European “walled garden” emerged in February amid rising anger over revelations that the NSA wants to listen to the whole world – and that its sweeps included snooping on German …
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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

A Tesla enthusiast has sparked a thousand variations on headlines saying “Tesla hacked” by working out that in-car network traffic is visible on a port designed for service access to the network. The thread on the Tesla Motors Club forum begins in March, and reveals various traffic types that are visible on the network segment …

IEEE signs off on 400 Gb/s Ethernet development

As we foreshadowed last month, the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has green-lighted development of 400 Gb/s Ethernet. Now known as IEEE P802.3bs, the nascent standard now has an official IEEE task force working to make it a reality and a goal, stated in this IEEE document (PDF) , to “Define Ethernet …
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Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line

Electric car firm Tesla's products are almost as talkative as the company's CEO. They constantly ET* to allow the company to check that the battery is in tip-top condition, the car isn’t being driven badly or that the owner isn’t thinking negative thoughts about Tesla. The company can collect a huge amount of data, although CEO …
Simon Rockman, 3 Apr 2014
Home Networking

Who's up for yet another software-defined net protocol? Cisco wants to see some hands

Cisco has unveiled an openly defined protocol for controlling network hardware, but it lacks an essential ingredient: participation from other network hardware makers. The new OpFlex protocol was announced by Cisco on Wednesday. It is designed to let admins transfer policy commands to any network hardware that supports OpFlex. A …
Jack Clark, 2 Apr 2014

Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks heads toward IPO

Networking startup Arista Networks is filing for an IPO as the scrappy biz tries to wrestle share away from incumbents like Cisco and Juniper. The profitable upstart filed its S-1 form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Arista Networks' chairman is Andy Bechtolsheim, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. …
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014

Hardwired crypto certificate FAIL bricks Juniper router kit

Sysadmins with older Juniper Networks kit have been left scrambling to keep their networks running after a security certificate expiration bricked their boxen. The issue has been keeping mailing lists like AusNOG and J-NSP busy as users tried to work out whether it was a deliberate strategy to force people off the EOL gear – and …
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Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

Facebook has assembled a team of experts in the US and UK tasked with connecting the social network's next five billion users to the website (and the rest of the internet). The Connectivity Lab was revealed on Thursday: it employs "the same engineering talent behind Facebook's infrastructure team and the Open Compute Project," …
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2014

Cisco ships six fixes for DoS bugs

Sysadmins can get themselves ready for a busy Cisco “patch Thursday”, after the Borg lobbed six patches out the door to deal with a range of denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerabilities in IOS. The vulnerabilities – see here for a single list – are all scored a CVS base score better than 7 as being remotely exploitable without …
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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

Cisco must by now be getting sick of acting as defender-by-proxy of the entire computer networking industry, with yet another pile of ex-Nortel patents being wrapped up in a lawsuit delivered to San Jose. Spherix, once a biotech and now a patent toll-collector, picked more than 100 former Nortel patents from troll-in-chief …
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Interview: Cisco's security supremo on the Internet of Everything

Among his many responsibilities, Chris Young is the Cisco executive charged with leading its security challenge. Last week at Cisco Live! Australia, Vulture South talked to Young about securing the Internet of Everything. El Reg:Cisco has put a $19 trillion value on the Internet of Things: how do we stop it becoming a $19 …

Ex-Amazon brain, ex-Cisco bigwig eager to smash lock to networking throne room

In another indication of changes in the networking market, two startups are teaming up to give companies greater choice in the tech they want to use to lash together their computers, threatening the businesses of incumbents like Cisco. The tie-up between Cumulus Networks and Midokura was announced on Wednesday and will see a …
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2014
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Chinese boffins ginger up Hadoop with OpenFlow funnel

Few doubt that the premise of software-defined-networking (SDN) is a good one: organisations that run a lot of virtual machines and virtual networks can benefit from the flexibility and automation SDN provides. Critics, however, point out that SDN in its current form might not have particularly broad applicability: there just …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2014
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Prepare your data centre to face the future

When you are trying to persuade your company to spend a pile of cash on a new installation, you can be certain it will want to be sure the installation can support the business for the coming years. Given that the average technology crystal ball is cloudy at best, how do you evolve your data centre while protecting against a …
Dave Cartwright, 18 Mar 2014

GFI LanGuard 2014: Go on. Find my weaknesses and point them out

Review GFI has launched GFI LanGuard 2014, version 11.2 of its well-tested vulnerability scanning software. I have used LanGuard since 2001, when version 2.0 was released. It has been an invaluable tool in my sysadmin's toolkit and I am curious to see how the software has evolved over the past 13 years. The basic purpose hasn't changed …
Trevor Pott, 17 Mar 2014

Panel: Death of Cisco and Juniper switches are greatly exaggerated

OFC 2014 Cheap no-brand networking gear rolling off Asian assembly lines has its uses, but they are fairly small, a trio of industry insiders have said. In a panel discussion at the Optical Fibre Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, execs at two service providers and one supplier gave their thoughts on the wave of enthusiasm for …
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014
Data Center GM Diane Bryant weighing old and new cables

Intel and pals whip out 1.6Tbit/s cable: Come on baby, light my fibre

Intel is touting an optical cable capable of carrying 1.6Tbps through data centers: it'll give network builders blistering fast transfer speeds in the short term, and allow the chip giant to re-think how servers are built in the long-term. New details on the MXC cables were announced on Monday. They are made with the help of …
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014

High-end SAN peddler Dot Hill delivers profit – market says 'meh'

Three consecutive quarters of profit and a full year profit after seven years of losses: Dot Hill is looking good and CEO Dana Kammersgard can breathe more easily. Fourth quarter 2013 revenues were $58.8m, up sequentially from the prior quarter's $52.6m and even more than the year-ago quarter's $44.1m; it's up 29 per cent, in …
Chris Mellor, 7 Mar 2014
Gives you connectivity

New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

With increasing 4G coverage, mobile data is becoming a sensible option for corporates who want resilience for their company networks. This is especially true in major American cities which have more mature 4G coverage than the UK, a stark turnaround from the early days of GSM. Cradlepoint from Idaho has launched a router which …
Simon Rockman, 4 Mar 2014

NEC takes control of its OpenFlow controllers

NEC is prepping for this month's Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara with the pre-exhibition announcement of the latest addition to its software-defined networking (SDN) lineup. Its contribution to the data centre infrastructure “mine's bigger” game is a new controller, the UNC (Unified Network Controller – apparently someone …

Brocade, Broadcom, Freescale trio aglow in the OpenFlow chateau

Brocade, Broadcom, and Freescale have broadened their backing of a key software-defined networking standard by supporting version 1.3 of the OpenFlow specification throughout their products. The trio announced the move on Monday at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California. OpenFlow is a software-defined networking …
Jack Clark, 3 Mar 2014

Cisco kicks off $300k Internet of Things security competition

Cisco has announced prizes of up to $US75,000 to get help finding ways to secure the burgeoning Internet of Things. Anyone who watches the procession of SCADA vulnerabilities, the exposures discoverable through the Shodan search engine, or the recent bugs popping up in cars, routers, home automation and (maybe) smart appliances …

Ethernet boffins get ready to kick off 400G development

After a year of discussion and setting of baseline specifications, the hard work of creating 400G bps Ethernet is about to begin. This month, according to the acting chair of the IEEE's 400G Ethernet study group, Dell's John D'Ambrosia, the group will be seeking approval of the project documentation it's been developing since …
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Software containers for BYOD/mobile device management: Big Tin Can

An environment which runs on a number of mobile platforms seeks to solve lots of the BYOD issues faced by corporates. It creates a balance between locking down a device so completely that people won't or can't use it and leaving the door open to miscreants. Such environments these days are often known as "containers" (or " …
Simon Rockman, 28 Feb 2014