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New Malware ‘Bricks’ IoT Devices

New Malware ‘Bricks’ IoT Devices

Despite repeated assurances that Internet of Things security issues are being addressed, so-called "in-the-wild" attacks on poorly ...

Brocade Upgrades Storage Switch for All-Flash Datacenters

Brocade Upgrades Storage Switch for All-Flash Datacenters

As all-flash arrays make inroads in the datacenter, switch makers are coming up with new access approaches ...

IBM Spins Out Analytics Platform For Utilities

IBM Spins Out Analytics Platform For Utilities

An IBM-backed energy startup will attempt to advance the smart grid via a new cloud-based analytics platform ...

Wanted: IoT Interoperability, Security Specs

Wanted: IoT Interoperability, Security Specs

Yet another survey, this one by an Internet of Things standards group, emphasizes the need for interoperability ...

Networks

March 28, 2017(0)
As all-flash arrays make inroads in the datacenter, switch makers are coming up with new access approaches leveraging all-flash storage as a way to break through network bottlenecks while adapting to data-driven workloads. With that in mind, networking switch specialist Brocade has upgraded its Fibre Channel switch technology to 32 gigabits per second performance while adding a monitoring feature ... Full article
February 22, 2017(0)
Yet another survey, this one by an Internet of Things standards group, emphasizes the need for interoperability and security standards as more devices are connected. Moreover, the survey of consumers by the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) uncovered growing demand for interoperable devices and communications along with security certification in the wake of several high-profile hacks involving IoT networks. OCF ... Full article
February 15, 2017(0)
Open networking organizations have announced a new development framework aimed at advancing software-defined networks and network virtualization via open source platforms, network device disaggregation and new network standards. The Open Network Foundation (ONF), which is in the process of merging its operations with the Open Networking Lab, a group of more than 200 network operators and vendors, said this ... Full article
February 1, 2017(0)
Network virtualization functions are poised to be automated, prompting the Linux Foundation to launch an open networking automation initiative aimed at leveraging a code donation to the open source group by networking giant AT&T. AT&T's (NYSE: T) ECOMP software will serve as the framework for the open networking automation project, providing "real-time, policy-driven software automation of network virtual functions," ... Full article
January 26, 2017(0)
Cisco System's deal this week to acquire privately held application-monitoring specialist AppDynamics represents a bet that enterprises will increasingly rely on distributed applications and other data services that need to be closely monitored. Cisco's (NASDAQ: CSCO) acquisition of the San Francisco-based company announced earlier this week is valued at $3.7 billion. It follows a $1.4 billion deal last year ... Full article
January 25, 2017(2)
A new infrastructure vulnerability study confirms what became apparent late last year: botnets are exploiting inherent security weaknesses in Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The infrastructure security report released by Arbor Networks Inc. also warns that the release of botnet source code has greatly expanded the ability of hackers to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. "The massive growth in ... Full article
January 20, 2017(0)
Cumulus Networks rolled out new switching hardware and open networking software this week packaged as a turnkey appliance that targets new adopters of web-scale networking along with earlier adopters accustomed to sourcing datacenter network platforms as appliances. Cumulus, Mountain View, Calif., said Thursday (Jan. 19) its new "Express" offering includes 1G through 100G platforms pre-loaded with new Linux network ... Full article
January 13, 2017(0)
While encouraging a secure and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT), the U.S. will work to provide spectrum and other infrastructure assets while promoting global interoperability standards and technology innovation, a Commerce Department report stresses. The report released Thursday (Jan. 12) by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration aims to formulate a national IoT strategy. Among other responsibilities, the Commerce ... Full article
December 16, 2016(0)
Access to huge volumes of weather data—volumes that will likely soar after the November launch of the U.S. GOES-R weather satellite—has been limited to a few users at great expense. Now a university-private sector networking effort will attempt to broaden access to atmospheric and weather data. George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and Ligado Networks, a satellite and terrestrial network ... Full article
December 13, 2016(1)
The U.S. requires a national strategy to coordinate private sector efforts to deploy the Internet of Things (IoT) that includes data security and interoperability standards, according to a report released this week by the Center for Data Innovation. “It appears that each federal agency is marching to the beat of its own drum,” noted Daniel Castro, the report’s author and director ... Full article
November 3, 2016(0)
The steady enterprise shift to open source software and hardware is expanding to datacenter networking via a collaboration between Facebook and networking partners as part of an effort to promote an optical switch architecture designed by the social media giant to handle more data-intensive workloads. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and interconnect specialist Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) said their networking collaboration stems ... Full article
October 31, 2016(0)
CenturyLink Inc., which has struggled to gain traction in the cutthroat public cloud market, continued its shift away from datacenters toward delivering more Internet traffic for businesses with a $34 billion deal to acquire Level 3 Communications. The companies announced the cash and stock deal on Monday (Oct. 31). The acquisition creates a stronger competitor to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: ... Full article
October 19, 2016(0)
More organizations are migrating applications to the cloud, along with more basic infrastructure, such as storage and application development platforms. A recent survey of IT professionals found that 92 percent say adopting cloud technologies is important to their organizations’ long-term business success, and 27 percent call it extremely important. As a result, today’s IT professionals are increasingly judged by ... Full article
August 23, 2016(0)
Seeking to bridge the gap between IT and developers, VMware Inc. announced a series of alliances designed to speed deployment of an enterprise version of the Internet of Things (IoT). The company (NYSE: VMW) said Tuesday (Aug. 23) it would work with Bayshore Networks, Dell, Intwine Connect, Deliotte Digital, PTC and V5 Systems to deploy and scale IoT platforms. ... Full article
August 10, 2016(0)
The latest release of a network virtualization overlay is designed to connect multiple OpenStack cloud implementations while providing a software-defined networking (SDN) approach to emerging container orchestration engines making their way into production. San Francisco-based network virtualization specialist Midokura said Wednesday (Aug. 10) the latest release of its enterprise "MidoNet" would allow container orchestration engines such as the Google-backed ... Full article
June 27, 2016(0)
Barefoot Networks, the high-flying networking chip startup that recently emerged from stealth mode, unveiled a zippy switch that it asserts is also fully programmable as the startup targets networking bottlenecks in software-defined datacenters. The Palo Alto startup co-founded by chief scientist Nick McKeown, the former Stanford University engineering professor, is claiming multiple networking records along with fully programmable hardware. ... Full article
June 20, 2016(0)
When I think about network downtime, many words come to mind. Among them: panic, fear, Armageddon. Perhaps that last one is a bit dramatic, but as IT functions and advanced scale combined with mission critical tasks driven by enterprise HPC technologies, such as real-time analytics, become increasingly important to business success, downtime is a critical problem. Especially as we ... Full article
June 9, 2016(0)
Software network virtualization specialist Midokura announced a $20.4 million funding round this week as uptake of its network virtualization platform gains momentum. The Series B funding round announced Wednesday (June 8) brings the networking startup's funding total to $44 million. Participating in the round were Japanese financial technology company Simplex Inc. along with existing investors Innovation Network Corporation of ... Full article
May 25, 2016(0)
Cisco Systems moved to scale its enterprise-networking strategy into a subscription model this week via its Meraki cloud-managed communications platform. Along with its entry into the voice communications market, the networking giant (NASDAQ: CSCO) unveiled an expanded cloud portfolio along with Ethernet and fiber switches as it seeks to help enterprise customers manage devices, switching and, now, communications, via ... Full article
May 17, 2016(0)
Data networks are emerging as a bottleneck as enterprises cope with an explosion of traffic and a growing lack of bandwidth to handle streaming video services and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. That reality is driving deployment of next-generation networking technologies like 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and software-defined networking (SDN) in datacenters as enterprises roll out private and hybrid ... Full article

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