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Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

Google has confirmed it will roll out its Fiber broadband service in the Mormon heartland of Salt Lake City. The powerful California advertising giant said the Utah capital will join its neighbor Provo in offering gigabit internet connections to citizens. We assume AT&T and Comcast are already on their way over to offer a rival …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015
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Tears of a cloud: Don’t be let down by backup and disaster recovery

For many, the advent of cloud storage was a blessing. Cherished pictures and videos, contact lists, documents and more could be automatically put online and saved (theoretically) forever. Enterprises took notice as well and now, cloud backups are fairly standard practice. However, business and individuals have one significant …
Josh Folland, 24 Mar 2015

Caught on camera: ICANN CEO slams the internet's kingmakers

Vid Video footage has surfaced of ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade slagging off an independent team investigating how the internet's crucial IANA body will be governed in future. Chehade said during breakfast with domain-name industry types: "There is no one today in the CWG [Community Working Group] who even understands how the functions …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2015
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Rubrik back-up killer emerges into daylight with $10m in funding

Rubrik, the enterprise data management start-up, has come out of stealth with $10 million funding – including Silicon Valley elite cash contributions – and an intention to knock over Symantec, EMC, CommVault and Veeam in the back-up space. Angel investors include: John Thompson, ex-Symantec CEO and current Microsoft chairman; …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015
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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

America's top telcos are suing the FCC over its efforts to impose net neutrality regulations on US broadband networks. AT&T, Verizon, and others, represented by trade body USTelecom, will drag the Federal Communications Commission to the appeals court in Washington DC in a bid to overturn fresh rules on what ISPs can and can't …
Chris Williams, 24 Mar 2015
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What horrors lurk in the future: Networks without sysadmins

Interview At Cisco Live Sydney, your humble hack at Vulture South got to spend time with distinguished engineer and CCIE number 1609 Alvaro Retana to talk about the future of routing, networks that can run themselves, and the internet at large. The Register: What are the problems we're trying to solve in the world of routing today … what …
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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

A two-year project inside Facebook has culminated in the release of software to test how well applications and servers work under degraded network conditions – all the way down to rickety 2G. The idea behind Augmented Traffic Control, open-sourced on GitHub, is to improve the delivery of material on under-performing networks. …
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CREEPS rejoice: Small biz Cisco phones open to eavesdrop 0-day

Creeps can listen in to conversations placed over vulnerable Cisco small business phones. Remote eavesdropping requires a crafted XML request be sent to the Borg's SPA 300 and 500 IP phones. Cisco warns version 7.5.5 of the software powering the phones is vulnerable, possibly along with more recent iterations. "An …
Darren Pauli, 23 Mar 2015
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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

Orbital angular momentum – in photonics short-handed as “twisted light” – can help expand the capacity of comms systems using quantum communications. Since quantum key distribution (QKD) is already a commercial, if pricey, market segment, quantum communication science is of a more practical application today than quantum …
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Juniper, Mirantis get cloud-cozy

Juniper Networks and Mirantis are getting cozy in an arrangement designed to get better scalability out of OpenStack clouds. The two outfits announced the tie-up at the end of last week, with Mirantis saying the relationship will bake Juniper's Contrail into its OpenStack environment. Contrail will sit alongside the existing …
Bret Hartman, VP and CTO, Cisco

Everything is insecure and will be forever says Cisco CTO

While in Melbourne enduring the antipodean version of Cisco Live!, The Register's networking desk met veep and CTO Bret Hartman. Here's what he told us about network security, a field he feels is basically doomed. Forever. The Register: The last twelve months tells us we have insecure devices connected through gateways, sending …
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Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

Five pairs of nesting falcons have disrupted Vodafone customers' mobile phone signals in London and the south east – because the birds have set up shop on the carrier's masts. The Daily Telegraph reported that Vodafone engineers spotted the birds of prey nesting on and around base stations on a church, a hospital and an office …
Simon Rockman, 20 Mar 2015

One API to rule them all: The great network switch silicon heist

Microsoft, Dell and Facebook are among a group of vendors who have come together with data centre operators to develop software intended to abstract chunks of network silicon (switches, typically) from the network operating system that runs on them. The first implementations of the specification for this Switch Abstraction …
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F5 hammers out a virtual load balancer

After two years digesting its acquisition of LineRate, F5 Networks is now shipping one of the key outcomes of the buy, a fully-virtualised lightweight load balancing solution. As part of a broader virtualisation push that also includes an iron-free version of its Big-IP application delivery controller. According to director of …
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Skype squares up to Cisco again with new round of 'Room Systems'

Cisco issues regular blog posts pointing out that its unified communications products outsell Microsoft's, but it now looks like Redmond's decided not to take that lying down because it's announced one of the new things Lync will do now that it's become Skype For Business is offer more “room systems”. Microsoft's teamed up with …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2015
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Gigabit web streaming in 2016? Live tests say yes

Gigabit network speeds over your existing internet connection are looking good for early 2016, apparently. That's according to Comcast, whose VP of access architecture addressed the Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver on Tuesday. Jorge Salinger told attendees that the cable giant was already testing the technology in the field …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Mar 2015
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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

Battle lines are forming over the EU’s promised copyright reforms, with Brussels’ lobbying machine going into overdrive. On Thursday, the European Film Agency Directors (EFAD), a network of directors of 28 film agencies based inside the European Union, begged the EU Commission to drop its plans for a major copyright overhaul, …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Mar 2015
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NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

A North Korea network outage last December came in retaliation for the Sony hack, a US lawmaker claims. Michael McCaul of Texas – Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee – linked disruption of North Korea's thin internet pipe to the earlier devastating attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. “There were …
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2015
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Broadcom targets terabit switch markets with fat StrataDNX chipset

Broadcom wants a bigger footprint in the router and switch market with the next iteration of its top-line silicon, the StrataDNX line. While conceding that merchant silicon isn't going to push Cisco or Juniper Networks out of the network core where the biggest traffic flows exist, Broadcom reckons the ability to support beyond- …

Is the DNS' security protocol a waste of everyone's time and money?

Internet security experts are arguing over whether a key protocol for protecting the internet's naming systems should be killed off. DNSSEC was developed in 1994 but it wasn't taken seriously until 2008 when a bug in the domain name system's software made it possible for someone to imitate any server – from websites or email …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Mar 2015
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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

Cisco will ship boxes to vacant addresses in a bid to foil the NSA, security chief John Stewart says. The dead drop shipments help to foil a Snowden-revealed operation whereby the NSA would intercept networking kit and install backdoors before boxen reached customers. The interception campaign was revealed last May. Speaking …
Darren Pauli, 18 Mar 2015
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D-Link patches yet more vulns

D-Link is moving to patch a bunch of vulnerabilities in consumer products, which almost certainly means that most users either won't know the patch is happening or won't run the update. The first CERT advisory, here, covers DCS-93 series network cameras (models 930L, 931L, 932L and 933L using version 1.04 2014-04-21 of the …
Internet of Things

Borg to assimilate Square Kilometre Array data

Cisco will open two internet of everything centres in the Australian cities of Sydney and Perth in coming months, in part to develop data-crunching capabilities for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the mining and agricultural sectors. The centres will be the eight and ninth such sheds across Asia and the US and will foster …
Darren Pauli, 18 Mar 2015
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Netflix tells Australian ISPs how to tap its fat video pipes

Netflix has announced that it is ready to work with Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to ensure its content reaches their subscribers quickly and at low cost by offering them “peering” arrangements. The video-on-demand outfit has posted on the Australian Network Operators Group mailing list, explaining it is “ …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2015

Princeton boffins sniff Tor users' IDs from TCP ACKs and server sweat

Tor is regularly recommended as a vital privacy protection technology, and just as regularly, researchers discover ways to de-anonymise users, and the latest of these has just hit Arxiv. The research, led by boffins from Princeton, demonstrates ways to de-anonymise Tor users with access to just one end of a communication path, …
Broadcom's OpenNSL

Broadcom's Ram Velaga on OpenNSL and silicon

One of the reasons Facebook has been driving the Open Compute Project is to break the network switch market out of its long habit of being proprietary on the inside. Broadcom's decision to adopt the Open Network Switch Library (OpenNSL) is a big shift in that space, so The Register talked to Ram Velaga, senior VP of Broadcom's …
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Vodafone: Can't make calls on our network? Use Wi-Fi

Vodafone will launch Wi-Fi Calling and Voice over 4G (VoLTE) this summer. Both services require handsets that support the technologies, and Vodafone is keeping mum as to which ones it will be shipping. Wi-Fi Calling is a UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) service and for certain high-end handsets is an alternative to using the …
Simon Rockman, 11 Mar 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 …
Broadcom's OpenNSL

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 …

CloudFlare launches nameserver DDoS shield

CloudFlare has launched a DNS proxy service it says will help organisations improve DNS resilience by pushing distributed denial of service attacks to the outer edge of its network. The Virtual DNS service is billed as a means for DNS providers to mitigate a potential "massive single point of failure" in their nameservers caused …
Darren Pauli, 11 Mar 2015

Mellanox adds networking specs to Open Compute Project

Open Compute Summit Mellanox has tipped two technologies into the Open Compute Project: an optical data centre interconnect, and a NIC that adds multi-host networking to Facebook's Yosemite chassis specification. The optical spec is designed to help push OCP technologies into the HPC world, with a framework that Mellanox reckons can ultimately …

It's a post-Sony hack world as Blue Coat sells for $2.4 BILLION

Blue Coat Systems is to be acquired by Bain Capital in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.4bn, possibly preparing the company to go public again following its capture by Thoma Bravo for $1.3bn in 2012. Blue Coat, declaring “strong market share and revenue growth” of late, focuses upon providing network and …
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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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Ping-pong sueballs: Bankruptcy dogs LightSquared's chances

Stricken US mobe network LightSquared is wriggling for survival in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The idea of Chapter 11 is to provide protection for a company so that it can trade through difficulties and hopefully get back to trading normally. The system was to use a combination of 4G (LTE) and satellite to deliver national high- …
Simon Rockman, 10 Mar 2015
Apple Watch lineup

Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

Security pundits are already fretting over the security of the Apple Watch, just hours after the expensive gizmo was launched at a high profile US event. Ken Westin, security researcher at Tripwire, said that the security implications of the wearable device's Wi-Fi connection capabilities create a potential opportunity for …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2015

ALL comp-sci courses will have compulsory infosec lessons – UK.gov

Cyber-security will appear on the UK curriculum from next year in a bid to get more kids into the industry, the government has announced. The topic will be a key part of UK computing and digital further education qualifications from September 2016, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said today. Its inclusion is part of a …
Kat Hall, 10 Mar 2015
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Bulk comms spying is not mission creep, insists UK foreign sec

The minister responsible for the oversight of GCHQ has today defended the interception of bulk communications data, saying it does not amount to mission creep by Blighty's intelligence agencies. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said it was necessary to address public concerns …
Kat Hall, 10 Mar 2015
Windows Server 2012 R2 Powershell

Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

Sometimes you just need to do things fast. Being able to deploy new virtual machines rapidly is a necessity when you are prototyping proof of concepts, running virtual desktop deployments or when you just need to roll out new virtual machines in a lab environment. Let’s face it, unless you have written PowerShell scripts to …
Aaron Milne, 10 Mar 2015

Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

Comment Gaffe-prone Gunther is at it again. This time the EU Digi-Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger has described the enforcement of "uniform" net neutrality as "Taliban-like". Unsurprisingly digital rights activists have not been pleased at being compared with a fundamentalist organisation judged by the UN to be responsible for the …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Mar 2015
Air traffic control at NATS

US air traffic control 'vulnerable to hackers' says watchdog

US air traffic control systems are potentially vulnerable to hackers, according to an audit by the American government. A report [46 pages, PDF] by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) faults the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for failing to meet compliance with the relevant government standards, specifically the …
John Leyden, 9 Mar 2015
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Don't be afraid, cloudy storage folk, just admit you’re a bit bi-modal

Storagebod We’ve been talking about cloud in one form or another for many years now, and this current iteration of utility computing that has come to be known as 'cloud' might actually be something. And yet, for all of the talk and all of the noise, traditional IT does seem to just rumble on, quietly working away in the background. Some …
StorageBod, 9 Mar 2015
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Network competition? Puh-lease. It's all about the Apple-Android Axis of Fondle

MWC 2015 “Competition is the best protector that a consumer and the best friend that an innovator ever had,” the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler told Mobile World Congress last week. Regulators worldwide have ensured that there is an equal playing field of mobile network operators (MNOs), usually about four, …
Andy Favell, 9 Mar 2015