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Dell, BT alchemists turn bog-standard HW/SW to flexible, open networks
Thursday, 24 August 2017 18:35

Analysis Dell EMC is supplying network switches to a proof-of-concept research project at BT Labs in Adastral Park, Suffolk.

The concept to prove is that programmable disaggregated open-switching hardware can create more adaptable and flexible networks than ones using proprietary integrated hardware and software network switches.

Dell EMC spokesperson David Graves said: "In general, I would say having the opportunity to work with an industry leader such as BT helps us gain insight and feeds into our future Open Networking product roadmap planning."

The commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) switching hardware, using merchant silicon and not proprietary ASICs, is loaded with open-source

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey
Thursday, 24 August 2017 16:01

Four in five Britons has experienced broadband molasses in the past year and most of us are also "bamboozled" by the terms that telcos use to peddle their wares at us, according to a survey.

Just one in five, meanwhile, would change network to escape from crap internet speeds, says survey purveyor uSwitch, a price comparison website.

More than half of us (54 per cent) have experienced webpages that crash, while two thirds of the 2,004 “nationally representative UK adults” who responded to the survey moaned that their internet connection, er, disconnects.

While uSwitch tells us that superfast broadband “significantly

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D-Link in Pluribus-powered white box play to target enterprise sales
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:02

D-Link has decided that white-box open networking might just be its ticket out of the consumer and small business ghettos, and into the rich enterprise market.

To that effect, the outfit has linked up with Pluribus, meaning its newly-launched DSX-5000 switch is certified to run Pluribus' Netvisor network operating system.

The product pair will ship together, as a turnkey open networking system, along the way giving Pluribus access to a mass-market channel.

D-Link has chosen the DSX-5000 to take it from 10 Gbps ports to 40 Gbps (there are six 40 Gbps ports as well as 48 at 10 Gbps),

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A LANnister always pays his subnets: Cisco hires Game of Thrones' Tyrion
Saturday, 26 August 2017 05:29

Tech firms hiring famous folks to push their products are depressingly common – who can forget Lady Gaga promoting cables for Monster at CES? Now Cisco is going to hook onto the popularity of Game of Thrones to push its new grand plan.

The hugely talented actor Peter Dinklage, who has spent the past seven years enthralling audiences as Tyrion Lannister, has started a series of videos trying to explain Cisco's "The Network. Intuitive." It's Switchzilla's attempt to reinvent itself from a network box manufacturer into selling networks armored with AI.

"Peter Dinklage is the perfect messenger because of his

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India responds to internet shutdown criticism... by codifying rules to make it legal
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 08:38

The Indian government has responded to fierce criticism of its increasing use of internet shutdowns by codifying rules for when the extreme measure is allowed.

In a notification [PDF] published earlier this month, the Indian Ministry of Communications has published the process and authority required for a cutoff of internet services in the populous country.

In essence, it requires the highest-level official in charge of domestic security – the Ministry of Home Affairs for the whole country or a state's Home Department official – to sign off on any shutdown.

However, anyone at Joint Secretary rank or higher can also

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Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:55

With Houston in the midst of severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, telcos say they are so far maintaining service and will help with emergency efforts by waiving service costs.

Mobile carriers AT&T , Verizon and T‑Mobile all say they will be providing residents of the areas hit hardest by the storm free calls and data service during the storm and recovery efforts.

The carriers each say that both prepaid and postpaid plans in Houston and surrounding parts of Texas and Louisiana will have some or all of their costs waived.

Many residents have been relying on mobile phones and social

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