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Juniper pours a shot of its data centre juice into campus networks
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 16:02

Campus networks will get the same capabilities as data centre networks, after Juniper networks squeezed EVPN-VXLAN fabric functionality into campus-size implementations.

The aim, the company said, is to help companies build an enterprise-wide fabric. In particular, the Gin Palace explained , the move means campus networks can now run the same protocol suite that organisations have deployed in their data centres.

The lynchpin of the DC-to-campus integration is to enable the EX Series switches with the company's EPVN-VXLAN protocol implementation, providing Layer 3 transport and Layer 2 capabilities.

To complement its existing switches, Juniper pushed out the EX4650 switch, a

DNS ad-hocracy in peril as ICANN advisors mull root server shakeup
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 11:58

Internet overseer ICANN is considering a self-managed governance model for the world's Domain Name System root servers – and one of the outcomes could be a reduction in the number of root servers.

Today, 12 companies operate the 13 DNS root servers that are used by browsers and other software to ultimately translate domain names, like theregister.co.uk, into network IP addresses, like, which are assigned to the servers that cough up their content. These central root servers fan out lookup requests to thousands upon thousands of DNS name servers run by all sorts of organizations across the world. That

Painful truth: DNS, CDNs and CAs are Achilles' Heel for top websites
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 06:49

Internet infrastructure may be fairly resilient thanks to its distributed nature, but the web we've built on top of it appears to be rather fragile.

In a paper distributed last week through the ArXiv preprint server, researchers for Carnegie Mellon University find that third-party services such as domain name service (DNS) providers, content delivery networks (CDNs) and certificate authorities (CAs) represent an attractive target for attackers looking to maximize the impact of their hacking.

Citing how the 2016 DDoS attack that downed managed DNS provider Dyn affected dependent sites like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter, the researchers – Aqsa Kashaf, Carolina

The week that QoS in networking, aka WAN, RAN, thank you ma'am
Monday, 25 June 2018 07:01

Roundup Nokia has claimed a first by demonstrating a cloud-based radio access network (RAN) running on an operational carrier network.

The demonstration was on the Orange network in Poland.

The March – May 2018 trial used Nokia's AirScale Cloud RAN, and was designed to help both carrier and vendor get ready for 5G deployments. The demo connected radio sites in the Polish city of Chelm to a virtualised baseband infrastructure running in a data centre 70 km away in Lublin.

The AirScale base station provided equivalent network performance both on Nokia's reference infrastructure and the Orange cloud environment, Nokia said.

Labour MP pushing to slip 6-hour limit to kill illegal online content into counter-terror bill
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 22:42

A Labour MP is pushing the UK government to introduce strict time limits for tech giants to take down illegal content as part of draft counter-terror legislation.

Taking a leaf out of Germany's playbook, Stephen Doughty, a member of the Home Affairs Committee, wants to enshrine in law how search engines and social media platforms should deal with illegal content.

In an amendment tabled to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (PDF, NC1 on 6), Doughty proposes adding a clause that calls on search engines, video and image sharing platforms, and social media to remove or block illegal content within

Facebook quietly kills its Aquila autonomous internet drone program
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:01

Facebook has canned its plans to bring high-speed internet via a solar-powered drone beaming lasers to the ground, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

The social media behemoth hellbent on ‘global connectivity’ wanted to launch a “high altitude platform station (HAPS) system," nicknamed Aquila, into the stratosphere. Facebook envisaged hundreds of these electric-engines powered drones floating in the skies drawing energy from solar panels and firing laser-guided internet access to remote corners of the world so locals could get a daily diet of memes and messages.

But, after four years of trying to make the concept work, Facebook announced on

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