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  • Forum created to push optical SDNs

    SDN start-up Vello Systems this week said it is forming an organisation to promote open source and software-defined networking principles to optical enterprise networking.

  • Pixeom lets you set up cloud services without the data center

    If it's not the NSA or Google it's someone else. These days it seems there's always somebody scanning your data, looking to make a profit or to learn something about you. What if you could set up your own social network or e-commerce site that didn't require putting your information in someone else's data center?

  • Facebook Open Compute Project picks switch specs

    The Open Compute Project this week announced that it is considering four contributions for development of an open, operating system-agnostic data center switch it announced six months ago.

  • ARM servers with 64-bit Calxeda chips to ship next year

    Low-power servers running on Calxeda's 64-bit ARM chip will be available a year from now, Calxeda said.

  • Intel to ship new Atom server processors next week

    Intel is expected to announce availability next week of a low-power Atom server chip code-named Avoton, which is likely to appear soon in systems such as Hewlett-Packard's Moonshot.

  • China's Huawei unveils SDN programmable switch, taking aim at Cisco

    Huawei Technologies is bringing its own "software-defined networking" switch globally in a bid to raise its profile and expand in a market dominated by Cisco.

  • As Ethernet turns 40, some seek to take it to the cloud

    As Ethernet marks its 40th birthday this week, some of those celebrating will also be looking ahead to yet another use for the nearly ubiquitous technology: the cloud.

  • The cloud's the limit for new Arista, Brocade and HP switches

    Cloud scaling will be all the switching rage at this week?s Interop. Three major vendors last week took their platforms deeper into and then beyond the data center, outdueling each other on server access density and software programmability, two key attributes needed for the virtualized goldmine called the cloud. And in so doing, they have raised the bar and perhaps set the stage for one of the more anticipated announcements in SDN switching from Cisco spin-in Insieme.

  • Brocade unleashes a data centre barrage

    Brocade this week extended its data centre networking portfolio with hardware and software enhancements designed to better integrate and align physical and virtual resources.

  • Big-data science requires SDN, says research network chief

    Software-defined networking in universities today is like the early Internet decades ago, and big-data researchers in genomics and other fields already need it for their next set of discoveries, according to the head of Internet2.

Latest Features

  • VMware one-ups Microsoft with vSphere 5.1

    The race for virtualisation dominance between Microsoft and VMware has become more interesting with VMware's recent release of vSphere 5.1. We obtained vSphere around the same moment as the final release of Windows Server 2012, whose newly included virtual switch and enhanced Hyper-V features were designed to clobber VMware.

  • Supercomputer to connect to 400PB of storage via Ethernet

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications in the US is rolling out a storage infrastructure that will include 380 petabytes of magnetic tape capacity and 25 petabytes of online disk storage made up by 17,000 SATA drives.

  • Five focus areas to keep Avaya in the race

    New Avaya data networking chief Marc Randall has five focus areas in his sights to help the company sell its Ethernet switches, gain market share... and perhaps stave off irrelevancy.

  • Fabric wars: Cisco vs. Brocade vs. Juniper

    The past three years have been very noisy on the data center fabric and architecture front. Every quarter seems to bring about a new convergence blueprint from another vendor - and a variety from one or two.

  • Why is converged I/O in data centres taking so long?

    So if converging the I/O infrastructure in data centres is all the rage, what's taking IT shops so long to do it?

  • How HP can win in the data centre

    HP and Cisco are currently embroiled in a war of words, market share and revenue in Ethernet switching overall, but can HP really put up much of a fight in the data centre?

  • A short history of Xerox PARC

    Founded in 1970, Xerox PARC - now just PARC - has been home to some of computing's biggest advances, including GUIs, bitmapped displays and Ethernet networking.

  • Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI: The war continues

    In the beginning there was Fibre Channel (FC), and it was good. If you wanted a true SAN - versus shared direct-attached SCSI storage - FC is what you got. But FC was terribly expensive, requiring dedicated switches and host bus adapters, and it was difficult to support in geographically distributed environments. Then, around six or seven years ago, iSCSI hit the SMB market in a big way and slowly began its climb into the enterprise.

  • Is Cisco trying to choke Google?

    Cisco has filed a patent application on a method that seeds search engine crawlers using intercepted network traffic. The patent could see Cisco become a toll collector for search engines such as Google and Yahoo.

  • The five best router and switch features that you don't use

    Don't fork out on unnecessary products, the feature that you're looking for could be on your existing switch or router and you've not found it yet. Here's the rundown of five of the most needed.





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