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…

Avaya goes public (again), rings NYSE opening bell

Avaya has returned to the New York Stock Exchange today. With the opening bell being rung by Avaya’s CEO Jim Chirico, they launched the new stock , marking the end to a 10-year stint in the hands of venture capitalists TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners. Avaya pre-emptively released an announcement to the press (Avaya…

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…

Sputtered tape capacity boosts from IBM and Sony

The most cost and energy-efficient way of storing data is still tape. Offline data storage is still a major requirement for many organisations. For the fifth time since 2006, IBM has achieved an increase in areal density, with tape developed by Sony. The team from IBM Research team in Zurich, Switzerland and Sony team in Japan…

IP History – a look at what might have been.

We’re approaching the fifth anniversary of the World IPv6 Launch Day. This is reflects the day in which the Internet had a world-wide validation of the IPv6 protocol. IPv6 supports additional hosts, compared with the exhausted IPv4 address space. What led to this IP history, and why are we stuck with a 4 octet address space? IP…

SDxCentral: Rackspace Acquires TriCore Solutions

SDxCentral announces Rackspace Acquires TriCore Solutions, Names Eazor as CEO. Rackspace is buying privately owned TriCore, who specialise in Oracle and SAP hosting for enterprises. This is going to be the largest acquisition in Rackspace’s history, so after it closes, expect more layoffs as consolidation occurs in the organisation. “Our customers are asking us to…