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IETF standards are 'band-aids on top of band-aids' says SDN veteran

Interview With the Open Networking Foundation preparing to take a direct presence in Australia, networking veteran and the Foundation's executive director Dr Dan Pitt came within reach of our operatives at Vulture South. So we interviewed him. Pitt took up his role at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) after years hanging around with …
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Cisco's telco-grade uber-routers can make almost anyone root

Oops: Cisco has announced a privilege escalation bug in its Aggregation Service Router 1000 Series. There's a lot of cases where local privilege escalation isn't such a big deal, but it's moderately-serious when it means a low-privilege sysadmin can get root access to a unit that has 100 Gbps-plus configurations in carrier and …

Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo

We've talked about Li-Fi – using modulated LEDs as data channels – before at The Register, but last week's announcements warrant revisiting the idea. Photons make good communications channels: that's why the Internet's fattest pipes are optical fibre. Even the idea of using ambient light carry data has been around for nearly …
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Samsung yanks plug out of rumors of networking biz sell-off

Samsung is nipping in the bud talk of selling its mobile network business. The South Korean electronics giant said on Wednesday that rumors posted earlier this week suggesting it was looking to find a buyer for its networking operations were untrue. "Some news media have contended that Samsung Electronics is considering to …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2015
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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

Sysadmin blog Researchers think they have figured out how Sony was hacked. Long story short: the hackers knew what they were doing and covered their tracks with some clever, but really basic, tricks. I'm not particularly surprised by this, but I am surprised that others are surprised by it. The Register commenter Yet Another Anonymous …
Trevor Pott, 24 Nov 2015
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All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, 'business transformation'

Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”. Cloud and IoT are self-explanatory while “network programmability” is software-defined networking by another name. …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015
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Broadcom builds better backbone for WiFi

Broadcom is getting ready for the arrival of 802.11ac Wave 2 in 2016, announcing a pair of chipsets for its OEMs. The two new chips in its StrataXGS range bring 2.5 Gbps Ethernet over Cat 5e cable, so as companies roll out Wave 2 access points, they don't have to pull new Ethernet cables. The BCM56160, targeting 24 and 48 …
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Intel's Omni-Path InfiniBand-killer debuts at sizzling 100 Gb/sec

SC15 Intel's putative InfiniBand-killer Omni-Path has been revealed as the centrepiece of the enhanced Scalable System Framework (SSF) announced at the Supercomputer 15 conference (SC15) in Texas. First announced at the pitch for the American government's HPC “Coral concept”, under which the industry is asked to deliver a 180 …
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UK government looks to harness the potential of open data through APIs

In a speech earlier this week, Matt Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office, referred to data as being "no longer just a record" but a "mineable commodity, from which value can be extracted" and outlined how the UK government intends to improve its use of the information at its disposal and help others exploit the data too. " …
OUT-LAW.COM, 6 Nov 2015
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Juniper hardware and software to sleep in separate beds

Juniper has decided to embrace the spirit of the white box, by loosening the bonds between Juniper hardware and its Junos software. It's a change that works both ways, as the company's corporate VP for development and innovations Denise Shiffman told The Register: both Junos and Juniper hardware will be available as discrete …
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Helium has a go at Internet of Things thing – using ultra-low power tech

As the internet of things (IoT) gets closer to commercial reality, the solutions flooding into the market are increasingly targeted at a real world use case. Some of these are extremely specific – smart meters and smart streetlights are commonplace now, but startup Helium Systems says its initial focus is on smart refrigeration …

UK watchdog offers 'safe harbor' advice on US data transfers

David Smith, deputy information commissioner, said businesses should "take stock" of their data transfer arrangements and review whether they provide adequate protection of personal data, as is required by EU law. Smith's comments follow a ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) earlier this month. The CJEU ruled that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Oct 2015
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Make room, Cisco's punters flocking to ACI ... yep, all 150 of them

Canalys Channels Forum One hundred and fifty customers across the globe have taken a seat on Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure bandwagon that started rolling 15 months ago, we can reveal. ACI – Cisco's answer to software-defined networking – is a programmable Ethernet Fabric that couples software and hardware. The product was initially …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2015
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Cisco to acquire ParStream for IoT data-sifting

Cisco-backed database and analytics newcomer ParStream is being re-assimilated, with the Borg announcing it's going to buy the "big data analytics" company (as it describes itself). The Borg has signalled its interest in sifting Internet of Things data for quite some time, and since ParStream grew out of Cisco's "Entrepreneurs …
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Patch Cisco ASA ASAP: DNS, DHCPv6, UDP packets will crash them

Cisco has issued a firmware update to address four security flaws in its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) that open up the gear to denial-of-service attacks. By exploiting these bugs, six models in the ASA family can be forced to repeatedly reset, rendering the hardware useless. Vulnerable products include the Cisco ASA …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2015
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Networking ace reveals: Intel planned NVMe for XPoint

Comment According to Packet Pushers networking whiz Greg Ferro, Intel created NVMe because they needed it for 3D XPoint memory, which thought totally revised my thinking of NVMe as simply a way to create a standard PCIe flash card driver, and Intel's role in XPoint development. Ferro supplied an Intel slide deck from an Intel …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2015

Canonical rolls out Ubuntu container management for suits

Canonical has kicked out its container management architecture for the suits with Ubuntu 15.10. The Linux spinner is today expected to drop its latest disro with the server including final code for its Linux Container Hypervisor (LXD). LXD is Canonical’s container management environment which it claims is similar to a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2015

Brocade targets mobile operators with net monitor suite

Brocade has announced a network monitoring and management solution it hopes will attract the eye of LTE network operators. Speaking to The Register's networking desk, Brocade's Phil Coates said the company is, in particular, addressing the shortcomings of traditional iron-based network monitoring systems. Something like a …
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IoT's sub-GHz 802.11ah Wi-Fi will be dead on arrival, warn analysts

The new 802.11ah Wi-Fi standard has yet to hit the market in full, and some fear it never will. Analysts at ABI Research predict that by 2020, four years after the first devices are scheduled to arrive, 802.11ah support will only ship in about 11 million devices annually. This slow growth means manufacturers will either have …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2015

Of course you can text and call while driving – it's perfectly safe

We are often lectured not to talk or text while driving, yet increasingly, our cars are doing it all the time. The connected car is finally here, and it is the ultimate distracted driver. While getting you from A to B, it is also monitoring its own tyre pressure and adjusting its suspension accordingly. It is ready to call the …
Robin Birtstone, 21 Oct 2015
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Microsoft cuddles cloudy content with CDN deal

Microsoft has inked a deal with Akamai to integrate its content delivery network (CDN) into the Azure cloud platform. The idea is to give Azure customers easy sign-on for Akamai services, either as a check-box on their Azure portal or under a Microsoft enterprise agreement. The Azure CDN, Redmond says in this missive, …

US senators lean on ICANN, tell it to quit squirming and open up

Two leading US senators have warned domain name overseer ICANN to stop resisting accountability changes in return for control over the internet's DNS. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology, and ranking member Brian Schatz signed a letter [PDF] warning that without "significant …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Oct 2015
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Dell-EMC deal could be a game-changer for mobile networks, too

EMC/Dell deal As carriers race towards virtualisation, software-defined networking and increasingly complex back office IT platforms, they will increasingly bump into suppliers from the data centre world. IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and others are already very familiar to them, but now there will be a new powerhouse, if Dell’s record- …
Wireless Watch, 19 Oct 2015
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Boffins' twisted enlightenment embiggens fibre

Boffins on the eternal hunt for more capacity for the Internet's backbones have hit on the idea of combining MIMO-like techniques with the more exotic trick of “twisting” light signals. Optical researchers have known for a while that the multiple paths light can take within a multi-mode optical fibre should be usable for …
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VMware to chomp up Boxer, says chief techie

VMware has announced plans to acquire Boxer, "doubling down" to further integrate a broader range of easy-to-use applications within its secure data management platform. Boxer provided personal information management (PIM) and social networking solutions to enterprises. Its team is set to join VMware's AirWatch team, within …
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Could Scality gain scale from IBM buying Cleversafe?

Interview With IBM buying Cleversafe, one of the two leading object storage startups, and the other being Scality, we asked Scality CEO Jerome Lecat half a dozen questions about the potential impact of this acquisition. El Reg Does this imply that the shared storage model (Spectrum Scale aka GPFS) for hyper-scale storage is not …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2015
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IBM bags $700m services and infrastructure contract with Etihad Airways

IBM has signed a $700m deal with Etihad Airways to provide IT services and infrastructure over the next 10 years. Big Blue's agreement includes the development and operation of a cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, for which state-owned Etihad Airways is a flag carrier. IBM stated that its …
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Internet of Things SoC devs: Never touched ARM? Oh go on then

ARM has offered a platform to System on Chip (SoC) component developers, through free use of its (pre-commercialisation) Cortex-M0 processor IP. The British multinational's sales offer includes the Cortex-M0 System Design Kit, as well as a free 90-day licence for its Keil MDK development tools. After enjoying ARM's free trial …
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Want to self-certify for Safe Harbor? Never mind EU, YES WE CAN

Despite Europe’s highest court ruling it invalid a week ago, the US Department of Commerce is still implementing so-called “Safe Harbor” arrangements, and directing any questions about the whole sorry business to its European cousins. On its website the department maintains that despite “the current rapidly changing …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Oct 2015
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Which data centre network topology's best? Depends on what you want to break

Which data centre topology is better is an arcane, vexed and vital question: after all, as any cloud users knows while they're thumping the table/monitor/keyboard/whatever, we've gone long beyond a world where outages can be regarded as trivial. Researchers from France and Brazil reckon one important question is where you …

SYNful Knock is no Stuxnet, says researcher

Yet another set of shivers is running up spines at Cisco, with a researcher from Grid32 claiming that “rooting” the company's IOS firmware isn't as hard as people think. The issue of compromised firmware arose in August when the company first warned that its ROMMON firmware images could be replaced with a compromised version …

Researcher messes up Wi-Fi with an rPi and bargain buy radio stick

KU Leuven Phd student Mathy Vanhoef has smashed conventional wireless security thought by creating continual, targeted and virtually indefensible stealth jamming of WiFi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee networks, and tampering with encrypted traffic, with little more than a $15 dongle. The wireless security boffin presented his work at …
Darren Pauli, 12 Oct 2015
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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

Back in September, The Register's networking desk chatted to a company called Teclo about the limitations of TCP performance in the Linux stack. That work, described here, included moving TCP/IP processing off to user-space to avoid the complex processing that the kernel has accumulated over the years. It's no surprise, then …
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Pitchforks, torches, and awful quotes – we read what Cisco's CEO said

Sysadmin blog Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins has caused a lot of introspection with me. This week he said a number of things that frighten and confuse me. Let's start with the quote. This thing ricocheted around Twitter, caused a minor stir in the article comments, and was generally responsible for nerdly mirth and merriment for the length …
Trevor Pott, 11 Oct 2015
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Google uses humans as Matrix-style ‘data batteries’ – Open Xchange CEO

OX Summit 2015 If any Americans are in doubt about what European technology business thinks of Silicon Valley’s data-slurping giants, it wouldn’t take them long to find out from a gathering in Berlin of European companies who look after personal data. The audience applauded wildly (and it was the only applause of a sober keynote) when Rafael …
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Don't panic, biz bods: A guide to data in the post-Safe Harbor world

The Safe Harbor agreement this week suddenly became of interest to a lot more IT managers than had previously given a stuff about it. But what is Safe Harbor, exactly? The Safe Harbor agreement between the US and the EEA - which comprises the member states of the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein – dating from 2000, …
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'Safe Harbor': People in Europe 'can get quite litigious about this'

Both small and large US data centre companies are walking "headlong into a legislative buzzsaw" following a landmark 'Safe Harbor' ruling this week, the founder of database software company NuoDB, Barry Morris, has said. On Tuesday the European Court of Justice struck down the 15-year-old "Safe Harbor" pact, invalidating the …
Kat Hall, 8 Oct 2015
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HP and pals release open source switch OS

HP, Intel, VMware, Broadcom and pals have released a new, open-source, network operating system (NOS). OpenSwitch offers the now-familiar, thanks to the likes of Big Switch and Cumulus Networks, chance to buy a white box switch and run your own operating system on it. In a colossal non-surprise, the NOS is Linux-based. HP will …

If the Internet of Things scares you now: Cisco's CEO is bent on hooking up robots, everything

On Monday, in his first major speech as new CEO of Cisco, Chuck Robbins was clear about one thing. He pretty much wants everything on Earth to be networked and connected together. Big shock, right? Network hardware and software giant wants to sell more network hardware and software. Cisco wants the Internet of Things to be …
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Cisco reforms its security disclosure process

Cisco has reformed the way it discloses vulnerabilities in its products. The company's adopted a new and – it says – “enhanced and simplified” view of vulnerabilities in its products, cooked up its own Security Impact Rating (SIR) scores to let you know just how deep you're in it when a vuln appears, adopted the CVE system and …
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Cisco Australia bumps prices by 12.83 per cent, for second time this year

Cisco Australia is raising its prices by 12.83 per cent, making this the second such rise for the year after a March price increase of 12 per cent. The Register has seen emails from local resellers advising users to buy Cisco kit sooner rather than later, or pay more as of November 9th. Cisco Australia's confirmed the price …
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Aspera high speed file transfer: Let the cloud protocol wars begin

There is a problem with cloud storage that affects almost all of us, yet is something of which most of us remain blissfully unaware. The problem isn't the object stores underpinning cloud storage; used properly, object storage is great. Look instead to the bit shuffling data between end users and the cloud. It's not the …
Trevor Pott, 1 Oct 2015