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Google emits Network Intelligence Center to help untangle misconfigured cloud networks
Thursday, 14 November 2019 23:04

Google has pulled the dustcovers off a new tool that will monitor and optimise the network performance of VMs and applications deployed to its cloud.

The Choc Factory's Network Intelligence Center, accessed via the Google Cloud Console, currently has four modules. Network Topology and Connectivity Tests are in beta, while Performance Dashboard and Firewall Metrics & Insights are in alpha. Additional modules are promised.

The Network Topology module allows you to visualise a GCP network, see performance metrics and verify policy compliance. This should help you identify whether it is optimised for things like serving users from the closest region.

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That chill in the air isn't just autumn, it's Cisco's cooling finances: CEO warns of slipping sales
Thursday, 14 November 2019 18:10

Cisco is the latest tech biz to warn of a looming slowdown in spending as the network giant on Wednesday gave worse-than-expected guidance for the coming financial quarter.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2020 [PDF], ended October 26, Switchzilla performed as follows:

  • Revenues of $13.2bn were up one per cent on the year-ago quarter. If you ignore the year-ago contribution from Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS), the commercial TV business that Cisco spun off during last year's fiscal Q1, the comparison jumps to two per cent. Analyst estimates were around $13.09bn in revenue for the quarter.
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TalkTalk keeps results under wraps citing 'advanced negotiations' over FibreNation biz
Thursday, 14 November 2019 02:00

TalkTalk has today delayed its financial results due to "advanced negotiations with interested parties regarding its FibreNation business".

The budget Brit ISP is currently hoping to roll out full-fibre broadband to three million homes via sister company FibreNation and has been in the process of winning funding for the £1.5bn venture.

Following its initial York Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) build with Sky and CityFibre back in 2015, TalkTalk had announced a joint venture infrastructure fund to fund further build-outs.

But as Philip Carse, analyst at Megabuyte, noted, the deal was ripped up in November 2018 when TalkTalk instead announced

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A Radio for the Apocalypse
Saturday, 16 November 2019 06:00

There’s been a spate of apocalypse related articles over the last few weeks, but when I saw an AM radio made from a hand-wound coil and an oxidized British penny, I couldn’t help but be impressed. We’ve covered foxhole radios, stereotypical radios that are cobbled together from found parts during …read more

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Accessibility Apps Get Help from Bluetooth Buttons
Monday, 11 November 2019 09:00

Ever hear of Microsoft Soundscape? We hadn’t, either. But apparently it and similar apps like Blindsquare provide people with vision problems context about their surroundings. The app is made to run in the background of the user’s mobile device and respond to media controls, but if you are navigating around …read more

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Market flips switch on Arista share value after 'cloud titan' turns on heel
Saturday, 02 November 2019 05:00

The share price for Arista Networks has crashed after the network switch maker warned of a sudden softening to its turnover due to a "cloud titan" customer cutting back on its spending plans.

The company last night outlined financials for calendar Q3 ended 30 September with revenue up 7.6 per cent to $654.4m ($555m product and $99.04m services) and a profit of $208.9m, up from $168.5m in the prior year's quarter.

The cloud vertical segment remained Arista's top client market, followed by the "modern enterprise", the finance sector, service providers and the tier two cloud slingers.

To underscore Arista's reliance

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