Elliott Management Acquires Gigamon for $1.6 Billion

Investment agitator and vulture Elliott Management have acquired network monitoring firm Gigamon for $1.6bn. Gigamon have recently posted third quarter results (Gigamon Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights). These show revenue and profits down over the quarter. Given that Gigamon’s primary product lines are high bandwidth network monitors and taps, this is unsurprising. The physical network…

Seaborn sharpens SABR to link with South Africa

Seaborn Networks, the folks that linked Brazil and the USA together using the Seabras-1 cable are quietly busy. In one of the most low-key launches of a new route, you can’t find much more than a twitter post. Seaborn announces new route SABR https://t.co/knvcuxfBjJ Cape Town/São Paulo/ NYC faster, more reliable, next-gen subsea data connectivity https://t.co/lzeQk3Fgt4…

Optus uses Riverbed Steel connect for SD-WAN

Optus are launching their Fusion SD-WAN service using Riverbed‘s SteelConnect technology. Optus Fusion SD-WAN operates as an “over-the-top” SD-WAN service allow its use on any other network providers platform. They are, I guess, hoping to obtain business for their NBN-based broadband service. As well as potentially pull in the underlying business network later. Customers gain…

What is MPLS?

Read CoherentLight articles on: MPLS What is MPLS? MPLS is an IP-based Layer 3 networking technology developed in the late 1990s. It replaced Frame-Relay and ATM based Layer 2 networks prevalent at the time. MPLS stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching, and uses a tag attached to the packet by the network service provider to indicate…

BBR improves Google Cloud Platform performance

Google has developed a new TCP congestion control mechanism. This has now been applied to the Google Compute Platform, having previously been added to YouTube and Google.com. This BBR (Bandwidth Bottleneck and Round-Trip Propagation Time) mechanism overcomes some of the challenges with other mechanisms. Google sees the challenges as being twofold, occurring in shallow buffered…