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Cisco's ACI adds multi-site support, multi-cloud coming next year
Friday, 13 October 2017 17:27

Cisco's popped out version 3.0 of its software-defined networking Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) product, but there's a more significant update coming early next year.

ACI lets NetAdmins create and manage virtual networks, all obeying pre-set policies about what traffic can go where and when. While rival software-defined networking tools treat switches and routers as dumb boxen fit only to be pushed around by policies, Cisco's approach with ACI is to leave some functions inside its own hardware because it thinks that's more efficient and secure.

Cisco says it's won over 4,000 customers for ACI, which puts it ahead of VMware's

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Juniper warns of bitter 3rd quarter due to cloud sales crash
Friday, 13 October 2017 12:49

Juniper Networks has issued preliminary results for its third quarter and the news is bad: forecast revenue of between US$1,290m and $1,350m won't happen and the company instead believes it will score between $1,250m and $1,260m.

We'll know just how badly the company has missed its targets and why on October 24th, the date of its next earnings call.

For now the only explanation for the miss is a statement that says it's “primarily due to lower than expected revenue in our cloud vertical.”

Learning what went wrong will be fascinating as in its Q1 2017 results announcement Juniper said

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UK.gov: Who wants £25m... *cheers*... to trial 5G? *crickets chirping*
Monday, 16 October 2017 21:28

The British government is looking for places to chuck £25m it has set aside for 5G trials.

Under the plans, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is asking interested parties across the UK to submit proposals for match-funded grants of up to £5m.

It reckons the technology will enable speeds of up to 10Gbps, citing rapid downloads and uploads in ultra HD and 3D video.

The money will come from the £740m from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

Matt Hancock, minister for digital (not to be confused with the other minister for digital ), said the government

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Grant Shapps of coup shame fame stands by 'broadbad' research
Monday, 16 October 2017 19:44

Interview Grant Shapps seems far from crestfallen after his disastrous attempt to lead a coup against UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

He bounces into his office 50 minutes late, having been waylaid by two Parliamentary votes, to discuss broadband research under his remit as chairman of the British Infrastructure Group (BIG), a body he set up last year.

"I'm so sorry, I've completely screwed up your day. My next meeting is in seven minutes. Let's try and be quick and I'll make them late," he says, smiling.

Heading up BIG is one of the many roles the former Conservative chairman

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Verizon coughs up $18m after crooked contractor overcharged NY schools
Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:30

Verizon will have to reach between its couch cushions for $17.7m to shoo away allegations it overcharged New York schools for phone lines and broadband.

America's comms watchdog, the FCC, said the payment will settle out of court its complaint against the US telco giant. The row is centered on a technology consultant who took kickbacks between 2002 and 2008 while installing phone and internet services provided by Verizon, among other major telcos.

In 2011, New York City Department of Education contractor Willard "Ross" Lanham was found to have funneled taxpayers' cash through his own company from E-Rate, a government-funded

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Openreach offers duct-off providers 'OSA Filter' instead of Dark Fibre Access
Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:56

Openreach has today offered its communication providers an alternative to the Ofcom-proposed Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product, which a court ruling slapped down three months ago.

In July the High Court's Competition Appeals Tribunal ruled that Ofcom had made a series of errors when it drew up the rules for a new market in unlit fibre, forcing it back to the drawing board. The DFA product would have allowed CPs to gain "physical access" to the operator's existing fibre optic cables.

The firm said it has since been viewing providers' Very High Bandwidth (VHB) connectivity requirements and has proposed the

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