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Cisco okayed for UK government comms

Cisco has had a bunch of products certified as secure by the GCHQ's information security arm, the Communications & Electronics Security Group (CESG). The certification only covers the products to handle information up to the UK government's “Official” classification – that is, most government information. However, as the …

Mellanox gives InfiniBand a 5 BILLION PACKET/sec cloud dose

Networking tech firm Mellanox is broadening its 100Gbps InfiniBand portfolio – and is hoping that the new products and capabilities will help it expand its footprint outside its supercomputer home territory. Following on from its demo of 100 Gbps cables last March, the company is using ISC 2014 in Germany to launch the Switch-IB …

Facebook reveals open network gear to drive WEDGE between itself and Cisco

Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, says his company is only "one per cent" done with changing data center hardware, but we reckon that with the reveal of its new open networking equipment projects, Cisco and other incumbents are hoping it will slow down. The top-of-rack switch, named Wedge, and Linux-based …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2014

Careful with 'fibre speed record' hype: which record's been broken?

Last January, NASA's Energy Science Network (ESNet) ran a test that achieved 91 Gbps end-to-end data transfers. The test made belated news this week in another outlet that touted ESNet as a "shadow network" faster than Google fibre. Leaving aside the inappropriateness of that hype, it got El Reg thinking about the business of …

Cisco swallows Tail-f, burps out network orchestration plans

Cisco has – depending on your attitude – either bolstered its cloud portfolio or knocked out a competitor, with the $US175 million acquisition of Swedish network orchestration vendor Tail-f. The company and its staff will be Borged into Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group led by Gee Rittenhouse, on completion of the cash and …
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Cisco promises Lync link for its UC kit and collaborationware

Cisco has spent the last couple of years talking up its unified communications and collaboration portfolios, often suggesting it is at the top of the market. If that assertion is correct it would be quite a coup, given that other players have a long head start. Cisco's been here before with IP telephony, a field in which it …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014

VMware puts a price on NSX and tells partners to open fire

VMware's NSX network virtualisation software has been added to the company's price list, a small-but-important milestone that sees the product available to resellers for the first time. Virtzilla announced NSX last August and released it in October of the same year, but until now has only sold it direct to customers. VMware …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2014

CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

As the whistleblowing NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden made his dramatic escape to Russia a year ago, a secret US government jet - previously employed in CIA "rendition" flights on which terror suspects disappeared into invisible "black" imprisonment - flew into Europe in a bid to spirit him back to America, the Register can reveal. …
Duncan Campbell, 13 Jun 2014
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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

Updated Microsoft's Azure cloud service has run out of occasionally runs out of US-based IPv4 addresses. Redmond 'fessed up to the issue in a blog post in which it says users have been asking it why, when they use Azure-hosted VMs, they find themselves redirected to websites localised for other nations. The post offers a screen shot of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014

Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

Autocue extraordinaire Stephen Fry has cheerily claimed new domain registrations "generate new IP numbers which so far show no sign of giving out". He blogged the explanation while celebrating being the first person in Blighty to sign up for a .uk domain. Dot-UK registry Nominet has not challenged Fry's latest boob, even though …
Team Register, 10 Jun 2014
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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

Vodafone has published a report detailing how cops, g-men and spies around the world tap into its systems – in some cases, directly hooking into phone networks without a warrant. The dossier covers the 29 countries in which the mobile telco operates, including joint-ventures in Australia, Kenya and Fiji. The document [PDF] …
Simon Rockman, 6 Jun 2014
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Application infrastructure under stress? Have you considered a philosophy transplant?

Research Are you struggling to keep your applications and networks stable, while everything around them changes? You’re not alone. Over 400 of you participated in a recent study by Freeform Dynamics and sponsored by Barracuda Networks. The results were chastening. There were a range of “escalating pressures”, ranging from the bugbears …
David Gordon, 6 Jun 2014
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Controlling Application Access

Report Key Points The pressure is growing on the corporate network and the systems it supports. When asked about their network and application access infrastructure in a recent research study, the 404 respondents who participated highlighted a range of escalating pressures. Organisations of all sizes are seeing greater demands as a …
Dale Vile, 6 Jun 2014

The State of Network Infrastructure

Networks are the glue that allow users to function effectively in their daily tasks, yet a recent report by Freeform Dynamics based on a survey of readers of the Register shows many of you are using old equipment that is hard to manage. This begs the question, “does senior management really care about the state of enterprise …
Tony Lock, 6 Jun 2014
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The Death of the Corporate Network Perimeter

In a recent survey over 400 Reg Readers you gave us the inside track on the current state of corporate networks and their ability to handle changing work patterns. In particular, you make the case that your networks are ill prepared to tackle the increasing diversity and sophistication of security threats. As you see it, the …
Tony Lock, 6 Jun 2014

Where do you stand on multi-function network appliances?

Best of breed versus integrated multi-function solutions – it’s a discussion that’s been going on in IT for about 3 decades. Whether the debates occur in the context of software suites, hardware/software appliances, or complete pre-engineered system stacks, there are always vigorous advocates arguing the case for each approach. …
Dale Vile, 6 Jun 2014

Oracle sees more SDN light, joins OpenDaylight

Oracle has announced it is joining open source software-defined networking (SDN) effort OpenDaylight as a silver member. Big O will bake the software into Solaris 11.2 just as soon as it can and says doing so will mean its customers can “use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds.” …
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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

Snowden Anniversary One year after The Guardian opened up the trove of top secret American and British documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) sysadmin Edward J Snowden, the world of data security and personal information safety has been turned on its head. Everything about the safety of the internet as a common communication …

REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Exclusive Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme - including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East - have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite …
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Watch this: WAN optimisation with CloudBridge 7

Video Youtube Video In this training session, QA's Rob Blincoe delivers CloudBridge and where it sits with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop. 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. Cat 5 cable
David Gordon, 31 May 2014

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