On π day, Raspberry Pi Foundation launch the Pi 3 Model B+

Today is Pi Day, so called because the date, written in the backwards fashion favoured by our American cousins, as 3 14 is a close approximation to the constant that defines the difference in size between a circumference of a circle, and it’s diameter, π or 3.14(15926535897…) So it is apt that the Raspberry Pi Foundation…

All 500 top supercomputers run Linux

The Top500 list regularly polls the organisations that run supercomputers creating a list of largest, fastest, most efficient and so on. The 50th release of the Top500 list was released yesterday.  And there have been some changes. The first is the rise in the number of Chinese supercomputers, putting them ahead of the United States for…

Product Announcement: Cisco ISR 1000 router

Cisco have launched a new entry point ISR router. This is the Cisco ISR 1000 series, intended as the new entry point for SME connection into the corporate network. It supports lower density remote locations accessing through either an MPLS link or a VPN using the Internet. This isn’t designed to support NFV, but it…

Bandwidth Control using an intuitive NetValve

Having worked with Ipanema for a while, I can recognise an intuitive user experience for controlling bandwidth. But none is as intuitive as a solution which uses a technology almost everyone can understand. This is what the NetValve offers. Ilker Dagli has created the ability to manage internet bandwidth using a large brass valve. I…

Cisco extends ENCS platform with low-end ENCS5104

At CiscoLive 2017 in Las Vegas, the ENCS platform gained a new four core box. The ENCS5104 is now appearing on the Cisco website in the form of an updated ENCS platform datasheet. The datasheet shows that the platform is a much lower entry point than the previous ENCS54xx series devices.

MEF focuses on SD-WAN with LSO and OpenCS

The old Metro Ethernet Forum (now simply MEF) issued a press-release to cover a focus on SD-WAN. This covers three areas: Service Implementations using the MEF frameworks Market Education Proof of Concept Demostrations Service Implementation The Service Implementation uses the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration Reference Architecture and Framework (LSO) issued as MEF-55. This documents business…

Mellanox launches Spectrum2 switch for 400Gb/s future

Mellanox has launched a new ethernet switch chipset family. Spectrum 2 is an open switch platform with capabilities of 200Gb/s and 400Gb/s per port. As well as high-speed, Mellanox are also proclaiming it’s green credentials with 1.3x power efficiency. Scalability of 10x over other vendors is also mentioned. Targeted at hyperscale data centres, high performance…