Bringing superfast broadband early to Axford – dig your own trench

Sometimes you can wait a long time for broadband to be delivered. Firstly you need an enabled exchange. Then the connections in the ground or on poles to provide your connectivity to the Internet. In the case of the rural Wiltshire village of Axford, they’ve been waiting for a while. So long that local landowner…

Approvals delay Qualcomm acquisition of NXP

Qualcomm has announced an extension of its deal to purchase NXP . The agreement is subject to regulatory approval in multiple jurisdictions. Similar to Broadcom’s recent purchase of Brocade this can be held up. Bloomberg is reporting that the EU is close to approving the Qualcomm/NXP deal. But Qualcomm has another challenge. Activist investor Elliott…

Broadcom seeks to change Qualcomm’s board and mind.

Broadcom  is seeking to change Qualcomm‘s mind on the unsolicited merger announced recently. Qualcomm rejected the bid, and now Broadcom’s next step is seen. (Broadcom to Nominate Slate of 11 Independent, Highly Qualified Directors for Election at Qualcomm’s 2018 Annual Meeting) Broadcom is proposing 11 new board members to Qualcomm’s board at the Annual Meeting in…

China to plan IPv6 leap forward

The Register has picked up a story about China’s adoption of IPv6. This article originally came from the Xinhua state news agency. (China to speed up IPv6-based Internet development). China feels the lack of IPv4 address space most keenly. They have the worlds largest population by country, at 1.4 billion people. They have a vast…

Riposte to Microsoft’s VMware in Azure

VMware has issued a blog post riposte to Microsoft‘s recent announcement supporting VMware in the Azure environment. It uses Microsoft’s deployment of VMware as an argument that they are indeed the best platform for the cloud. They also point out that the VMware in Azure platform isn’t a strategic environment for your VMware stack. VMware is…

Microsoft offers VMware in baremetal Azure

Microsoft‘s Azure blog has posted an announcement (Transforming your VMware environment with Microsoft Azure) about how they are managing VMware elements with Azure tools, as well as a full VMware stack deployment on bare-metal servers in the Azure environment. Microsoft is announcing Azure Migrate, a service to cluster VMware based applications, and understand the group-level…

Marvell has designs on Cavium

Chipmaker Marvell has announced its intention to acquire smaller rival Cavium for $6bn. (Marvell and Cavium to Combine Creating an Infrastructure Solutions Powerhouse.) This deal is dwarfed by the recent Broadcom announcement regarding Qualcomm but is for the same reasons. Unlike the Broadcom/Qualcomm deal, this is agreed upon by both sides. The deal offers $40…

New secure Quad9 DNS service supports IPv6

Quad9 is a new DNS service that prevents against malware. Previously I would have recommended OpenDNS to provide this service. But OpenDNS doesn’t support IPv6 with the malware protection. It only has an IPv6 resolver. Quad9 supports both IPv6 and protects against malware domains. Quad9 is the result of a partnership between IBM (who provided…