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…

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…

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…

Qualcomm ships Centriq 2400 ARM server processor

Qualcomm has announced that its new ARM-based server chip is available for commercial shipment. The Centriq 2400 is an ARMv8 64 bit CPU, with 48 cores running at upto 2.6Ghz. Using Samsung‘s 10nm FinFET process for its construction, able to access up to 768GB of memory, a 268Gb/s ring bus links the 48 cores. Centriq…

Meraki connects to Azure cloud

Cisco‘s Meraki division has extended their vMX100 virtual MX gateway to add Microsoft Azure instances. The new version builds on the previous Amazon AWS only deployment (see Meraki introduces virtual MX gateway for AWS). Their blog post (Connecting Clouds) doesn’t add much in the way of technical information, but more about covering the benefits of cloud,…

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…

$3m cost when forgetting to re-register your domain.

Every couple of years I get a bunch of emails from my ISP. These are reminding me that my domain name is about to expire and that if I don’t contact them, they will renew it automatically. Auto-renewal, of course, is free service, but the renewal costs money. This regular refresh keeps the 1310nm.net domain…