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Spine-leaf makes grief, says Arista as it reveals new campus kit
Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:15

Arista Networks has decided the campus network is the next place it wants to irritate Cisco.

The company this week unveiled two campus-scale switches in its Spline range – the 7300X3 and 7050X3, which expand its footprint in the important 100 Gbps Ethernet space. In announcing the company's first quarter results recently , CEO Jayshree Ullal highlighted higher-speed ports as underpinning Arista's expectations for 2018.

The 7300X3 and 7050X3 offer 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gbps Ethernet ports. The 7300X3 is an eight-slot modular unit with various line card options and a backplane capacity of 50 Tbps, while the

Date engraved onto Net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018
Saturday, 12 May 2018 08:34

So we finally have a date: June 11, 2018.

That will be the day net neutrality finally dies in the United States following the publication of the full "Restoring Internet Freedom" FCC rules in the Federal Registry on Friday morning.

Despite having been formally voted on and approved back in December last year, the order that pulls back previous FCC rules and re-re-classifies internet access as a "Title I" information service, wasn’t published until February 22.

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Everyone had assumed that mean that net neutrality would be killed off on April 23, but no – it turns out the

Africa's internet body in full-blown meltdown: 'None of the above' wins board protest vote
Saturday, 12 May 2018 07:01

A protest vote against corporate mismanagement at Africa's main internet body has sent the organization into freefall.

Following the poor handling of a sexual harassment scandal that eventually led to the resignation of its chair and vice-chair, members of Afrinic asked for a vote of no-confidence in the organization's entire board at its meeting this week in Dakar, Senegal.

But when the board refused to grant such a vote – having initially said it would – members took their revenge on Thursday by voting for "none of the above" in the elections of three board seats.

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Pinging admins: Here comes your packet of networking news
Friday, 11 May 2018 14:57

Roundup What happened in networking this week? Well, for starters, Nokia acquired analytics company SpaceTime Insight, and will roll its capabilities into its Internet of Things business.

SpaceTime Insight provides IoT analytics and applications for the transport, energy, and utilities sectors. Its focus was predicting asset failure, and automatic optimisation.

The analytics firm's CEO, Rob Schilling, comes with the deal , joining Nokia's Software business group's IoT product unit.

CableLabs looking at blockchain. Wait, what?

The American cable network operators' club CableLabs says blockchain technology is ready for the cable industry somehow.

Principal security architect Steve Goeringer wrote that the

nbn™ scoreboard: miracle needed to hit FY 18 construction targets
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:32

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, last week released its third quarter results. And as is now our practice at Vulture South, we’ve shoved its numbers into our nbn™ scoreboard – the table we use to compare assumptions from the nbn™’s corporate plan (PDF) with its latest results.

For FY 2018’s third quarter we can see the impact of the halt of the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) rollout beginning to bite as just 336,330 new premises were activated in days between January 1st and March 31st 2018.

nbn™ expected to just over a million new activations in

OpenWrt forums lost as hardware failure again crocks open Wi-Fi router
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:29

Open source Wi-Fi firmware project OpenWrt says a hardware fault has taken down its forums, which appear not to be recoverable.

The forums disappeared with a simple, and distressing, message:

The OpenWrt forum is currently offline due to a hardware problem on the hosting machine. Unfortunately we neither have access to the machine itself, nor any backups of the forum to restore service.

At this point in time we do not know if and when the server will get back online.

Developers have therefore started using the forums of the LEDE project, which was a fork of OpenWrt that lasted

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