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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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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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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty
Monday, 09 October 2017 22:03

Superfast internet speeds are within reach of nearly 94 per cent of the country, according to figures compiled by Thinkbroadband.

The research , which covered the three months to September, found that 93.9 per cent of premises in Blighty have access to 24Mbps.

That is an increase from regulator Ofcom's figures, which pegged superfast availability at around 90 per cent, based on a speed analysis from June last year.

The work found that Woking in Surrey has the best speeds of 51.8Mbps, due to it being part of the commuter belt and tech corridor.

Meanwhile, Fivemiletown in Northern Ireland, has

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Cisco sells data virtualization unit to Tibco
Monday, 09 October 2017 14:57

Four years after acquiring Composite Software and rebranding it as Cisco Data Virtualization, Switchzilla will sell the unit to Tibco.

The buyer says it will be integrating the core Cisco Information server and its “related consulting and support services” into its analytics portfolio, alongside the Tibco Spotfire analytics and its Connected Intelligence platform.

The technology creates what Tibco calls a virtual data layer for analytics without needing a separate data warehouse, and without disturbing the source data.

As well as data integration, the system includes query optimisation, data abstraction, and self-service access.

Cisco paid US$180m for Composite Software. There's no

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He's no good for you! Ofcom wants to give folk powers to dump subpar broadband contracts
Friday, 06 October 2017 21:32

Ofcom has proposed forcing providers to disclose more accurate speed information at the point of sale and hand consumers the power to walk away if speeds fall below a guaranteed level, in a crackdown on service provision.

Under the move, providers will have to 'fess up to the slowest speeds consumers are likely to receive at "peak" times. Once customers are signed up, if a service drops below the guaranteed minimum, providers will have a limited time to improve speeds before letting customers walk away penalty-free.

The right to exit will also apply to contracts that include phone and pay-TV

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