Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5bn

Microsoft has splashed out again. They have just acquired open-source source code management and sharing platform GitHub for $7.5bn. GitHub has a community of 28 million developers and hosts 85 million repositories of code. GitHub is used to host some of the most significant open-source projects, including Ansible, Kubernetes and many others. Microsoft’s last major purchase was…

OpenContrail becomes Tungsten Fabric

The Linux Foundation has recently obtained the OpenContrail source from Juniper. Having fully transitioned OpenContrail into the Linux Foundation, it is now rebranded as Tungsten Fabric. This move may appear to further distance it from Juniper‘s Contrail. But inside it is still the same SDN orchestrator, providing control, visibility and analytics across the network. Tungsten…

Enabling Lua in Wireshark for custom dissectors

Joel has dropped me an email and asked if Lua (which should never, ever be LUA) could be enabled in the CentOS Wireshark builds. I wanted to thank you for your Centos 7 repository.  Your Wireshark package has saved me a lot of time! I have a request: on your next Wireshark build, would you enable…

Australia’s MetroNode acquired by Equinx in $792mn deal

Australia’s MetroNode hosting company has been acquired by Equinix for $792mn. 100 % held by the Canadian Ontario Teachers Pension Plan currently, MetroNode was previously part of the NextGen Group. When the ownership of NextGen changed in 2016, OTPP retained MetroNode (NextGen became part of Vocus Communications) OTPP has now agreed to sell MetroNode to…

Palau connects using submarine cable, better performance than satellite

NEC has announced that they have completed the Palau Spur cable which connects to the main SEA-US cable. (BSCC and NEC announce the completion of a new submarine cable linking the Republic of Palau.) BSCC is the Palau Government’s corporation formed to own and manage the submarine cable link. NEC installed a branching unit and…

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…

IPDetails – a useful multi-tool to gather details about an IP address

What I initially needed IPDetails to offer A couple of months ago I needed a tool that allowed me to gather more information on IP addresses that I’d collected using SiLK. The tool will enable me to cluster IP addresses for cloud flows, not just on the IP address, but on the AS number and ISP.…

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…