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Red Hat snuggles up to Dell with 'enterprise grade' OpenStack offer

Dell and Red Hat will work together to propagate OpenStack clouds running the Linux distro, in what the PC maker claims is a first. The pair have announced they will jointly develop "enterprise grade" private clouds that are based on Dell hardware and Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The first fruits are due next …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2013
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WTF is... NFV: All your basestations are belong to us

Mobile network operators would have had an easier life if it wasn’t for smartphones and the flood of data traffic they initiated. Apps have led to a massive increase in the volume of data moving back and forth over phone networks - not just from users; the ads in free apps helped too - and operators are struggling to cope. And …
Tony Smith, 9 Dec 2013
Two SAS and FCoE thugs killing Fibre Channel

32 Gig Fibre Channel takes another step towards reality

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) has announced that a 32 gigabits per second version of the standard is just a little bit closer to reality. The Association has let it be known that the “INCITS T11 standards committee has recently completed the Fibre Channel Physical Interface - sixth generation (FC-PI-6) industry …

Quantum crypto pitches for data centre links

The quantum crypto business is hardly crowded, but ID Quantique is hoping to set itself apart with a 100 Gbps-capable unit. This is hardly consumer kit, however: the target market for the QKD-plus-crypto-engine kit is outfits running multiple high capacity links, either at 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps. Think of inter-data-centre …
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WTF is … MU-MIMO?

With 802.11ac Wave 2 due for ratification in December, El Reg had a talk to Cisco's Andrew Myles, Manager of Protocols in the Borg's Wireless Network Business Unit, to get a handle on one of its more interesting characteristics: MU-MIMO. Along the way, there were some handy reminders. Myles, who's been around the wireless scene …

THIS ONE WEIRD CHIP cuts weight from data centre power bills

A Korean scientist whose CV includes 100 Gbps Ethernet for Finisar says he's created an extremely low-power 100 Gbps clock data recovery (CDR) chip to help cut data centre communications power consumption. As we all know, data centres are power gluttons. Build one as big as the NSA, and keeping it from catching fire is a problem …
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Juniper bags AARNet fatter pipes and SDN

Juniper has given an elbow to Cisco's ribs down under, nabbing a key AARNet upgrade contract in the long-time Borg-friendly network. The research network, whose history stretches back to the very beginnings of the Internet in Australia, is currently planning its AARNet 4 upgrade, which will deliver a 30-fold expansion in …
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NSA-busting secure, open, router seeks cash and code from crowd

Australian embedded systems designer Redfish is hoping to attract funding from the crowd to market a secure routing platform that open-sources both the hardware and software to protect users from unwanted snooping. Speaking to The Register ahead of the launch, Redfish managing director Justin Clacherty said the project is …

Forget terabit Ethernet, the next step is 400 gig – if we can afford the R&D

SC13 – Updated The current top-end Ethernet standard may be 100 gigabits per second, but don't expect the next step up to be one terabit per second. The days of Ethernet speeds improving by an order of magnitude are gone. Why? Because nobody wants to pay for the necessary research and development – nobody in the US or the EU, that is. "My view …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Nov 2013
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Boffins ponder wireless 'hetnets' as home backhaul helpers

Heterogeneous networks – hetnets, or WiFi offloading – are all the rage among carriers and equipment vendors, but it generally assumes the WiFi access point has a wired connection. A group of Greek and UAE researchers has proposed a scheme for using wireless as the backhaul channel. The researchers are particularly looking at …

OpenFlow love-in shows off SPEED-DATING protocol, quick config

SDN umbrella group the Open Networking Foundation is performing happy dances after an interoperability plug-fest that ran from November 4 to November 8. The week-long demonstration focussed on testing version 1.3 of the OpenFlow protocol, and testing the OF-Config management/configuration capability written into version 1.1.1. …
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Arista wants Cisco Catalyst 6500 scalp. Price on head? $35bn

This month has been a biggie for data networking launches, with Cisco uncloaking Application Centric Infrastructure - its answer to the software defined network (SDN) - along with the new Nexus 9000 switch series. (My colleague Jack Clark has penned a fine analysis of Cisco’s ACI strategy here.) Also in November, Arista Networks …
Drew Cullen, 19 Nov 2013
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3CX PBX for Windows: Everything you ever wanted from a phone system

Review Back in the 1990s when I started to work with telephone and voicemail systems it was all pretty straightforward: install some analogue or ISDN lines and write a vast cheque for a PBX. This meant, in my case, an Alcatel 4400 and an Octel Serenade voicemail server. The handsets were digital, though proprietary, and connected by …
Dave Cartwright, 19 Nov 2013
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Amazon, Facebook, Google give Cisco's switches the COLD shoulder

Analysis Networking giant Cisco lost around $10bn in market value last week as investors sold out in response to weak earnings and poor growth projections. Worse yet, some of its biggest customers – from Amazon and Google to social network giant Facebook – are implementing technologies that will allow them to reduce their dependence on …
Jack Clark, 18 Nov 2013
Is Project Loon a Joke

Hey! You! Get outta my cloud says Google with balloon broadband patent

Google has filed a patent application to make sure nobody else crowds the skies with high-altitude balloons carrying wireless broadband kit. Its filing published November 14, Balloon Clumping to Provide Bandwidth Requested in Advance, covers projecting a change in bandwidth demand; repositioning a Project Loon balloon or …
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Emulex throws exec chairman's scalp to activist investors

HBA and Ethernet analysis vendor Emulex has caved in to sustained activist investor pressure over its board makeup and financial discipline and given up the exec chairman’s scalp. The winning activist investors are: Elliott Management,which holds 9.8 per cent of Emulex's shares; Starboard Value; Altai Capital; The Vanguard Group …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
The NSA Unchained

Mandatory HTTP 2.0 encryption proposal sparks hot debate

Most Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) debates pass unnoticed, because they're very dry and detailed. However, a suggestion that the HTTP 2.0 specification might mandate encryption – in a post-Snowden world – is too tasty an idea to go under the radar. The suggestion sparking the debate came from HTTPbis chair, Mark …
John Chambers at the World Economic Forum 2010

BIG trouble in BIG China: Cisco shares fall off a cliff as CEO warns of slump

Cisco's shares slumped ten per cent in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the networking kingpin copped to terrible performance in emerging markets. The hardware giant squeezed $2.9bn in net income (up 11.6 per cent year on year) out of revenues of $12.1bn (up 1.8 per cent) in the third quarter of 2013. The company beat Wall …
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013
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What's wrong with network monitoring tools? Where do I start...

Opinion For as long as I can remember I've worked in an environment where there's a screen on the wall showing the status of the company's systems. Or actually, in one case, showing the status of the company's systems unless there was a test match on. From time to time that information's been useful. Unfortunately, most of the time we' …
Dave Cartwright, 13 Nov 2013

Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

Facebook is leading a charge to displace traditional proprietary networking hardware and software in all of its data centers – potentially threatening the livelihood of large incumbents such as Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade in the wider market. The Open Compute Project Networking scheme was announced by the social network at …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

Alca-Lu plots enterprise exit, again

Alcatel-Lucent once again hopes to exit the enterprise business to concentrate on the carrier and service provider markets. Reuters is reporting the move as part of Alca-Lu's plan to shed €1 billion worth of assets by 2015. The news agency's sources have told it that Lazard Limited is advising the vendor on the sale. Finding a …
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IT finance bod coughs to slurping £130k from customers' accounts

IT finance provider Syscap account manager Leigh Jones has been sentenced to 24 months in jail after pleading guilty to nicking more than £100,000 from customers. Jailbird Jones, 40, found that his six-figure earnings weren't enough to fund his spiralling gambling habit. A clerk at Chester Crown Court confirmed to us that Jones …
Paul Kunert, 8 Nov 2013
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Feel Cisco's WRATH: Over 1,000 placed on DENIED partner sh*t list

Exclusive Cisco has launched an EMEA-wide crackdown in the channel after expelling Phoenix IT Group from the Gold Partner network, which our sources alleged was because it flouted support rules by supplying grey market kit. The Brand Protection police at the networking Goliath sent letters to more than 1,000 resellers, integrators and …
Paul Kunert, 8 Nov 2013

Enabling the on-demand data centre with SDN

Interview The hybrid cloud is becoming a notable thing. Companies such as Microsoft are pushing visions like CloudOS while work patterns change to allow more flexibility in worker location. Traditional networks focused on situations where workers perform all duties on premises owned by the company. How will that change? I sat down with …
Trevor Pott, 7 Nov 2013

Cisco gobbles Insieme, belches software-defined network clouds

Cisco has unveiled the secret weapon it'll use to assault the software-defined networking world – a new blob of technology from startup Insieme to converge network hardware and virtualized applications. The IT goliath said its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) lineup – as discussed on our Speaking in Tech podcast earlier …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2013

Cisco partners with Wilocity on hyper fast 5-gigabit Wi-Fi tech

Networking giant Cisco and 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi pioneer Wilocity have announced a partnership to collaborate on "new network topologies and a new class of wireless solutions" based on Wilocity's 5Gb/sec wireless technology. The collaboration, announced Wednesday, comes after Cisco kicked in a seven-figure investment in Wilocity …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Nov 2013

The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

Your boss could well be a barely restrained psychopath. Indeed, it is probable that he is the living incarnation of Cthulhu himself. Or he may be a bumbling incompetent who'll sink your career along with his. You, the downtrodden techie, need to learn how to deal with him - and fast. First, stop thinking of him as a person …
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WTF is ... 802.15.4e?

Among the causes of the serious bushfires that are still burning near Sydney, Australia, was a tree branch falling over a powerline. Some Internet of Things (IoT) boosters suggest this kind of thing could be avoided by placing connected sensors just about everywhere so that news of a single failure could quickly trigger a useful …

It's all in the fabric for the data centre network

IT infrastructure is worth exactly nothing if the network doesn't work. The network designs we have grown so comfortable with over the past 15 years or so are wholly inadequate if you are building a cloud or merely undergoing a refresh that will see more virtual machines packed into newer, more capable servers. The traditional …
Trevor Pott, 4 Nov 2013
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The unsung heroes of the networking team: Who appreciates you?

Survey time With so much focus on virtual servers, next generation storage and even new-fangled private clouds, it's amazing how little attention is normally paid to the comms implications of all this stuff. Too often, the network infrastructure is relegated to the bottom of the pile when it comes to grabbing modernisation budget. But when …
Dale Vile, 2 Nov 2013
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Juniper unrolls MetaFabric, new switch

Juniper Networks has rolled out a fabric architecture and switch, along with other swag. To get a handle on it all, Vulture South spent some time talking with Dhritiman Dasgupta, Juniper's director of platform solutions, to get a handle on key aspects of the release. Taking the fabric architecture first: MetaFabric is starting …
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New Oz government keeps Huawei ban after spook briefing

The brief thawing of Australian government attitudes to Huawei has turned out to be a false springtime, with the nation's new Attorney-General George Brandis deciding that the decision to keep the Chinese giant out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) will remain. According to the Australian Financial Review, the decision …
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Intel on Europe: The Internet of Things could SAVE US ALL

Feature How will Europe lift itself out of current and future economic woes - and help save the planet while it’s about it? According to chip giant Intel, with hi-tech carrots rather than government sticks. So said the head of Intel’s European R&D operation, Martin Curley, this week at the chip company’s European Research and Innovation …
Tony Smith, 25 Oct 2013
IBM 'through-silicon via' stacked chips

ARM cores leg it into body of Big Blue, rub shoulders with Power network chips

IBM has announced it is licensing a basket of processor designs from ARM for its network equipment division. The new deal means Big Blue can make use of ARM's Cortex-A15, Cortex-A12, Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 cores, as well as the ARM Mali-450 graphics processing unit. These are aimed at beefy phone and tablet chips, and IBM wants …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2013
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Tracing the direction of data centre travel

Interview The data centre has been evolving constantly but for almost 15 years networking has not. But even networking will have to adapt to the times eventually, so The Register sat down with Brocade's Julian Starr to understand where we are and where we are going. Starr's first statement after the inititial pleasantries was: "What you …
Trevor Pott, 24 Oct 2013
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Juniper ELIMINATES 300 jobs, braces wallet for US gov shutdown blow

Jittery Juniper Networks is axing hundreds of workers amid concerns the US government shutdown could hamper its stateside federal business. The cuts were confirmed during a conference call with analysts last night to discuss the firm's third-quarter results. Juniper also revealed sales had risen to $1.185bn, up three per cent …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2013
Close Encounters

VMware's next network virtualisation targets: ELEPHANTS and MICE

VMware's software-defined networking (SDN) Daddy Martin Casado has likened the technique to the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, not the meteor-headed-for-earth scenario of “Armageddon”. Speaking to The Register at vForum Australia, Casado said he likes the Close Encounters analogy because SDN is already here and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2013
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The web needs globally backed, verifiable security standards – says Huawei

Chinese networking hardware behemoth Huawei has issued its second annual cybersecurity white paper and is calling for manufacturers around the world to set up testable security standards that will ensure everyone's reading from the same hymn sheet. "The biggest hurdle is that the technology industry doesn't want mandatory global …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2013
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Most 'cloud' traffic never sees the cloud: Cisco

A disconnect seems to be emerging between the technologies vendors believe are important in the cloud, and the way traffic is flowing between cloud data centres. While much is made of a world in which workloads are so virtualised they float around between data centres like quanta teleporting around the world, most of the world's …
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Screw Internet-of-Things: Boffins build Internet-of-Sound UNDERWATER

Scientists at the University of Buffalo (UB) have tested an underwater network that could make internet-like communications across the world's oceans a possibility. Electrical Engineering Graduate Students Hovannes Kulhandjian and Zahed Hossain of Tommaso Melodia’s WINES Lab Research on Lake Erie It's an MPAA takedown request …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2013
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Juniper boosts MX capacity and scale to handle mobile data deluge

Hard on the heels of an expanded development agreement with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) that will see the two companies cooperate on mobile backhaul, encryption, and network address translation (NAT), Juniper Networks has announced a slew of new kit targeting carrier and service provider customers of its MX-series kit. …

Mellanox targets Fibre Channel with 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand

Mellanox is confidently predicting the slow death of Fibre Channel, as it rips the wrapping paper off a 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand solution it says offers ten times faster live migration of Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machines. Marketing VP Kevin Deierling believes the march of RDMA-enabled Ethernet and InfiniBand systems, along …