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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.…

Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:30:04 GMT

Ideas dreamed up by BitTorrent and Google people should speed Windows

Microsoft has announced it will add five new features – some experimental - to the TCP stack it will ship in Windows Server 2016 and the Anniversary Update to Windows 10.…

VMware/Cisco software-defined spat thaws as ACI comes to vSphere

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:31:08 GMT

The two companies are now collaborating nicely, thanks in part to an intern

When VMware acquired Nicira and released its NSX product, it looked like Virtzilla and Cisco were on a collision course. But now Cisco has added a vCenter plug-in to the new version of its own software-defined networking (SDN) software, one of several signs that the two companies are working together while also competing to manage networks.…

LTE-U vs. WiFi fight gets closer to a settlement

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:02:10 GMT

Broadcom brief the FCC on the last sticking point slowing spectrum-sharing agreement

FCC filings by Broadcom reveal the chip-maker is still feeling bullish about the controversial LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) push.…

Happy 50th birthday, optical fibres for telecoms

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:10:46 GMT

In July 1966, Charles Kao looked into glass and saw the future of telecoms

One of the seminal developments in modern telecommunications turns 50 years old this month: the paper that bootstrapped the world of optical fibre communications.…

Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:27:06 GMT

Er. What?

Comment ISPs should be banned from “speeding up” internet packets, says a former senior member of Obama’s White House crack tech team, the Office of Science and Technology Policy.…

Cisco gives you two nasty bugs to fix before the weekend

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:41:12 GMT

NCS 6000 and ASR 5000 routers need some lovin'

Cisco has patched two vulnerabilities, including a remote denial of service bug in its Network Convergence System routers.…

Boffins bash better brains into OpenFlow

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:31:05 GMT

When white box switches monitor themselves, packets prosper

One of the pitch points of open white-box networking is that it makes Ethernet switches extensible – something exploited by some packet boffins to build what they think is a better way to skin the network monitoring cat.…

AT&T's ECOMP code to land soon at Linux Foundation

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 03:56:11 GMT

Giant going MANO et MANO with pygmies

AT&T says it's just about ready to release its virtualisation automation software, amounting to more than eight million lines of code: its Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy platform – ECOMP – will soon land at the Linux Foundation.…

Juniper's bug hunters fire out eight patches

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:58:07 GMT

Junos OS has been put through the wringer since that nasty backdoor scandal

Juniper has fired off fixes for eight security vulnerabilities.…

If you’re a data scientist, it’s time to experiment with some new tools

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:00:07 GMT

The three Vs? Let’s start with a video

Promo If keeping up with the volume, variety and velocity of information is a data scientist's biggest challenge, keeping on top of the tools and methods to do this must come fairly close.…

Loop Dreams: Top college talents showcase their skills … in cabling

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:02:09 GMT

Remember these names, they'll be running copper in the big leagues soon

Students from around the US gathered recently in Louisville, Kentucky to take part in a series of contests based on installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting lines for telco networks.…

Future proofing your data infrastructure? Which future were you thinking of?

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:48:09 GMT

Tomorrow’s analytics depends on today’s decision

Promo If you're an architect pondering your data infrastructure, one that's going to enable better decision making for your whole organisation, of course you're going to build it with the future in mind.…

Juniper: Yes, IPv6 ping-of-death hits Junos OS, too

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 02:01:07 GMT

Here's some firewall rules while we work on a fix

That IPv6 neighbour packet discovery bug Cisco warned about last week? Juniper has just followed Switchzilla by warning it has the same problem.…

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 01:25:05 GMT

Sysadmin fingers auto-update mechanism as source of accidental-self-DoS-hell

An Australian sysadmin frustrated with his business' sudden loss of performance has sparked a conversation about whether Windows 10 is behaving badly on network connections.…