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Sales bottlenecks gag Juniper's growth in Q3
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:01

Having a big deal go on hold doesn't just spoil your day, it can upend a whole quarter, as Juniper Networks has found.

The Gin Palace today reported what it called “disappointing” numbers. As it warned earlier this month , its Q3 fell short of forecasts.

Its revenue fell year-on-year by two per cent to US$1,257.8 million, well shy of the previous forecast of between $1,290m and $1,350m.

As The Register speculated, the reason seems to be a big deal falling behind schedule. Juniper's CFO commentary [PDF] on today's announcement says:

“From a revenue perspective, the lower than expected result

Is the FCC purposefully screwing up US school broadband projects?
Saturday, 28 October 2017 07:47

Special report Schools across the United States are sounding the alarm on what looks suspiciously like an effort by the federal telecoms regulator to undermine efforts to build new broadband networks.

Under the e-rate program run by the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, schools that do not have access to a fiber network supplied by the main cable companies can apply for federal funds to build or lease such a network, and so supply much faster internet access to their students.

The issue is at the very heart of the so-called digital divide where people in remote or rural areas

Gigamon is giga-gone! Networking vendor bought by private equity
Friday, 27 October 2017 18:31

Networking vendor Gigamon has agreed to sell itself to private equity concern Elliot Management, for around US$1.6bn.

The company on Thursday announced that shareholders will be given US$38.50 in cash for each share they own.

That's a little more than the $36.15 value of each share at the close of trading, but a 21 per cent premium on the price as of April 28th when Elliot Management let regulators know it had acquired more than five per cent of the company.

Analyst believe Elliot started to buy Gigamon shares in March, when they could be had for about $28 apiece.

Cisco removes probe from place the SAN don't shine in new FC switch
Friday, 27 October 2017 14:58

Cisco's new MDS 9123t 32G fibre channel switch

Cisco's decided to save the world from all-flash arrays by giving it a new 32G Fabric Switch, an upgraded Nexus 93180 and data galore.

Switchzilla's motive for the new products is the splendidly high I/O that flash arrays can already handle, and the even stronger torrents of data to come once NVMe and 3D Xpoint become prevalent. Hence the new MDS 9132T fabric switch, depicted above * , a 1U beast capable of packing 32x32-Gbps FC ports..

The machine can ship with eight or 16 ports, with a 16-port “expansion module” offering

Vodafone's NBN plans may include voice-over-WiFi, virtual landlines
Friday, 27 October 2017 13:30

Vodafone Australia is market testing a product called “nbn extras” that will see it offer voice-over-WiFi or a virtual landline that redirects to mobile phones.

Friends of The Register tell us that the company is using paid online surveys to test the ideas illustrated below.

Vodafone NBN extras

Vodafone's 'nbn extras' plan is being market tested as you read this story

Our sources tell us that Vodafone is asking punters what they'd pay for the services outlined above, and if they would shift consumer attitudes towards the carrier. The surveys even ask for feedback on names including “virtual phone”, “NBN extras” and “landline”.

Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system
Friday, 27 October 2017 07:32

Analysis The internet policy world is scrambling as one of the most critical and fiercely contested aspects of the global domain name system – its registration system – has started to fall apart.

The Whois system, which publicly publishes the name, address, email and telephone number of every domain name registrant, has been a bone of contention for over 20 years. But passionate disagreement has resulted in stasis and the system has remained unchanged while the broader internet has evolved.

That policy paralysis has finally become unsustainable however with the adoption of Europe's new privacy policy – the General Data

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