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DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:55:55 GMT

Twitter, Amazon, AirBnB, Github and many others hit in DDoS attack on infrastructure

An extraordinary, focused attack on DNS provider Dyn continues to disrupt internet services for hundreds of companies, including online giants Twitter, Amazon, AirBnB, Spotify and others.…

IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:38:32 GMT

Big Blue claims ISP allowed DDoS. ISP says IBM rejected DDoS advice and services

IBM has blamed a supplier for causing the failure of Australia's online census, which went offline on the very night millions of households were required to describe their disposition.…

Cisco is still making hay while the SAN shines

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:34:13 GMT

FCIP, faster Nexus switch, management software extensions announced

Cisco is updating its storage networking gear to hopefully improve data protection, increase bandwidth and simplify end-to-end storage management.…

DNS infrastructure sprinting to IPv6 while users lag

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:54:47 GMT

More than one third of queries hit v6-capable servers, says 'net boffin Huston

IPv6 might be moving slowly among the general community, but it's penetrating the Internet infrastructure at a much higher rate.…

What's 5G? Who knows, but Qualcomm's designed a modem for it

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:29:13 GMT

Snapdragon X50 will push 5G bps through 800 MHz of mm-wave spectrum

Qualcomm's stuck its flag into the desert island labelled “5G”, hoping to turn it into a lush paradise.…

Why OpenCAPI is a declaration of interconnect fabric war

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:38:09 GMT

Any standard but Intel in another CPU-memory interconnect consortium

+Comment An OpenCAPI consortium has sprung into life, promising a new, open specification that can increase data center server performance up to 10x through the use of a new CPU-memory-IO adapter interconnect scheme – and it doesn't include Intel in its membership.…

Junos OS CLI has a bad bug. So good luck applying its new patches

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:24:09 GMT

Gin palace has eight bug-killing shots for you to imbibe

Juniper user? Feeling smug because you didn't have to race to download the latest Cisco patch round? Sorry: Juniper has just emitted eight vulnerability patches of its own.…

After lessons learned from super-storm Sandy, US telcos weather Hurricane Matthew

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:46:57 GMT

Network cleanup going well, claim carriers

With the East Coast of the US working to get back to its feet in the wake of deadly Hurricane Matthew, network carriers are looking to restore their services back to normal.…

Telnet, SSH prod of death smashes Cisco broadband boxes offline

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:59:50 GMT

Plus: Login into a stranger's Cisco Meeting account and chat away as them

Cisco has issued six software updates to address security vulnerabilities in its networking products, ranging from denial of service conditions to authentication bypasses.…

Understand your data and make good decisions

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:02:04 GMT

Data data everywhere

Promo Data, data everywhere and not an insight in sight. Tableau, the business intelligence and analytics software firm, is on a mission to help you see and understand your data and enable you to make informed, fast decisions.…

Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:37:10 GMT

Hull operator invited to respond

UK comms watchdog Ofcom has today said it has "reasonable grounds" for believing operator KCOM failed to maintain emergency services access in Hull.…

18 seconds that blacked out South Australia

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:55:16 GMT

Listen to PM Malcolm Turnbull, Australia - if you want your electricity to be like his NBN

Comment In spite of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) putting South Australia's blackout down to fallen 275 kV transmission towers, the prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has doubled down on the stupid notion that renewables made the blackout.…

Cisco hugs sysadmins with a bunch more patches

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:02:10 GMT

Nexus switch owners, pay attention

Cisco's ongoing fix-all-the-things effort has emitted its regular weekly round of patches – and some, like in the NX-OS operating system that powers a bunch of its switches, deserve your attention.…

End user computing in the digital era

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:50:59 GMT

Join us in London

Roundtable On the afternoon of Oct 12, in central London, we’ll be gathering a select group of senior IT leaders together to discuss the changing nature of end user computing.…

Microsoft warns Windows security fix may break network shares

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:38:07 GMT

We're making your NAS secure by hiding it from you

Microsoft has overnight pushed out the latest of its ongoing preview builds for Windows 10, with this one carrying a warning that it could break your network file share connections.…

Crusty Cat 5e/6 cables just magically sped up to 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:02:09 GMT

Thank you, IEEE, for approving the 802.3bz standard and faster ethernet on old wires

The IEEE has approved the specification covering 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps Ethernet, 802.3bz.…

Cisco squeezes out massive patch dump

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:58:10 GMT

Order some pizza and put in for overtime, netadmins, this could be a long night

Cisco's issued 18 patch notices.…

WAN, bam, thank you... oh @£$%. We've gone dead. Drop the burger. RUUUUUN!

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:43:11 GMT

This Damn War Get back to the data centre, stat

IBM, WanDisco, DataTorrent and pals sign Hadoop interoperability pact

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:00:57 GMT

ODPi boasts of big enterprise names joining scheme

The initiative created to standardise Apache Hadoop applications has netted a handful of large enterprise vendors that have committed to its interoperability programme.…

STUN hack could help admins choose between 'net links

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:28:13 GMT

RFC identifies handy spot for RTT, packet loss metrics

A proposal at the Internet Engineering Task Force suggests network admins can use the venerable STUN protocol to help them pick the best path across IP networks.…

Avaya explains its 'hyper-segmentation' approach to security

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:27:28 GMT

It's time to make Layer 2 scaleable again

Interview It's way too easy to get past a firewall, map out an enterprise's network, and start tapping IP addresses looking for vulnerable machines – so why are we using Layer 3 addressing as the basis of the enterprise network?…

Building IoT call for papers: What have YOU done with the internet of things?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:37:04 GMT

And who will be reading those proposals? Here’s who...

Reg Events There are just a few weeks until the call for papers for Building IoT London closes, and we really want to hear your real world stories of what the things on the internet are doing to your business.…'s Digital Catapult wheels out Central London IoT network

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:21:09 GMT

It's free. Now find something it can actually be useful for

The government-backed Digital Catapult wheeze has launched an “Internet of Things network” across London to titivate the lives of the eight million poor souls trapped within the M25.…

Quantum comms succeed over metro-scale fibre networks

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 03:52:04 GMT

Experiments in China, Canada, get us a little closer to quantum repeaters

Two groups both reported successfully teleporting state information across metro-scale fibre networks.…

IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:33:07 GMT

You're all hidden behind NAT, which wouldn't be a problem if you'd just go IPv6

IPv4 address exhaustion is making it harder to measure the size of the Internet, even as IPv6 deployment accelerates.…

Cisco plugs another 'Shadow Brokers' hole

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:41:17 GMT

Key exchange 0-day exploited in the wild

Cisco's post-Shadow Brokers security review has uncovered an IKEv1 vulnerability that can leak memory contents of its (deprecated) PIX firewalls and various IOS environments.…

Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:03:08 GMT

And TCP-killer QUIC, right? Everyone loves QUIC?

CloudFlare Internet Summit As internet engineer jokes go, Google's Ilya Grigorik came up with a good one. On stage to answer the question "what can we expect from the internet in 2020?", he offered:…

Shocker: Clouds and SD-WANs aren't network nirvana

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 01:06:08 GMT

So in wades Riverbed, with its usual tricks tweaked for the stuff all the cool kids are doing

Riverbed’s given some of its flagship products a software-defined tweak.…

Aruba OS8 lands, with APIs so non-NetAdmins can do NetAdmin jobs

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:28:12 GMT

This software-defined networking stuff is getting just a bit scary ... and scary good!

First they came for the DBAs. Then they came for the storage admins. Now the software-defined networking (SDN) shock troops are coming for network administrators.…

Cisco's head of enterprise networking bails

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:05:26 GMT

Robert Soderbery says he got a seven-year itch … just after a Borg re-org

Cisco's senior veep for Enterprise Products and Solutions has left the company.…

BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:09:13 GMT

New, intuitive tech smacked by 'computer problems'

British Airways has blamed “computer" problems for its inability to check in passengers worldwide.…

Beautiful, efficient, data-sucking Smart Cities: Why do you give us the creeps?

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:25:12 GMT

They need truckloads of networking kit. But... but...

Huawei Connect “Smart Cities” have been heavily promoted by tech giants like IBM, and the idea excites the pulse of fad-chasing technocrats and wonks.…

Cisco's upsell plan: tell you your old kit is not as secure as its new kit

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:01:09 GMT

Sales conference leaks also hint at mightier UCS and new customer portal

Cisco is having its super-colossal global sales conference this week and some of the 20,000 staff are letting some details of future Borg strategies slip onto social media.…

OpenFlow controller design killing SDN, say network boffins

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:03:57 GMT

Packet serialisation means processors waste up 20 per cent of their time

OpenFlow's architecture is inefficient, and caps performance while sucking unnecessary power.…

Cisco axes up to 5,500 workers in scramble to remain relevant

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:27:29 GMT

Official cull figure not quite the 14,000 rumored

Cisco will lay off up to 5,500 staff, or seven per cent of its worldwide workforce, from this month – the start of its 2017 financial year.…

Light at the end of Intel's Silicon Photonics: 100Gbps network tech finally shipping, sorta

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:51:39 GMT

Long-awaited tech 'now available in volume' ... kinda

IDF16 Intel is beginning volume shipments of its fabled Silicon Photonics networking technology, which uses light through thin glass fibers to replace copper wires.…

Speaking in Tech: Intel joins ARMs race – even Chipzilla needs to Make All The Things

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:23:04 GMT

Podcast Keep those multi-billion dollar fabs pumping

Chip giants pelt embedded AI platforms with wads of cash

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:14:07 GMT

Shift from supercomputer to mobile continues

Analysis Artificial intelligence and machine learning engines are underpinning many emerging applications and services, from making sense of big data for enterprises, to supporting hyper-personalized consumer content, or virtual reality gaming.…

Linux Foundation becomes a PNDA-hugger

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:58:07 GMT

Big data network analytics platform gets the open-source embrace

The Linux Foundation has added the Platform for Network Data Analytics – aka PNDA – to its stable of officially supported projects.…

Cisco-backed iOT comms aspirant LoRa ships IoT dev kit

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:30:09 GMT

Thing-makers get a bi-directional wireless standard they can all agree on

Three companies backing the LoRa Alliance have joined together to push things along with an Internet of Things development kit.…

Boffins tweak StreaMon for the NFV era

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 03:02:14 GMT

Monitoring code put through the virtualisation atomiser

Network function virtualisation (NFV) is important to telcos and big data centres, who use it to toss dedicated appliances like firewalls in favour of virtual machines that can spin up and down on demand.…

Juniper Networks grabs silicon photonic developer Aurrion

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:41:24 GMT

Optics are the most expensive bits of a switch these days and Juniper hopes vertical integration changes that

Juniper Networks is jumping into the silicon photonics business, with the acquisition of fabless designer Aurrion.…

Fun fact of the day: Network routers are illegal in Japan

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 21:36:08 GMT


There's no doubt that the internet has caused massive shakeups in laws across the globe, but in Japan the law has an unusual kink: internet routers are technically illegal.…

Happy Sysadmin Day!

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:03:05 GMT

Today, it's all about you

To all you systems administrators out there, wherever and whomever you are: Happy Systems Administrators Day! That's right, ladies, gentlemen and emacs users, the yearly holiday of sysadmin day is upon us!…

Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:57:19 GMT

Performance review sparks deletion, 110 offices knackered

A former employee of Citibank has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for crippling the bank's internal network.…

Verizon wants to replace your net gateways with 'a simple mux'

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:57:08 GMT

And then pipe in virtual network functions from all the big bit-movers

Verizon has launched the next piece of its seven-year strategy to virtualise its enterprise services, announcing a bunch of multi-vendor virtual security, WAN optimisation, and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) services.…

Raving mad: Glow sticks are secret weapon in Facebook's 2.1Gbps laser internet drones

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:41:21 GMT

Umm-tsch umm-tsch umm-tsch umm-tsch

At Facebook's F8 Developer Conference this year, Mark Zuckerberg revealed more details about his laser-firing drones that will encircle the world and relay Facebook, sorry, the internet to far-flung places, reaching potentially all seven billion of us.…

Internet exchange Linx cuts peering prices by 40% after rip-off claims

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:04:55 GMT

Did Netflix's accusations force company's hand?

The London Internet Exchange (Linx) has announced it will slash prices – just one month after the non-profit was pointedly criticized for charging too much.…

BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:07:53 GMT

Faulty UPS takes out 10 per cent of BT customers

Telecity data center owner Equinix has 'fessed up to a "brief outage" that knocked 10 per cent of BT internet subscribers offline in the UK as well as a number of other providers on the morning of 20 July.…

Question: What's missing in Microsoft's data science professional degree?

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:04:12 GMT

Hint: It's relational

Comment Microsoft grabbed the headlines this week when it announced a Professional Degree Program at its annual partner conference. It starts with data science.…