Broadcom completes drawn-out acquisition of Brocade

Broadcom has finally achieved completion on its acquisition of Brocade. Announced in November 2016, this deal has finally completed. Brocade disposed of various units, such as the vRouter team to AT&T. The closing of the deal also releases others for completion. Expect to see deals closing soon including its Wifi business, Ruckus, and IP and…

BT enhances Dynamic Network Services with Cisco ENCS

A short while ago, we posted about BT’s Dynamic Network Services plans. BT has now taken the next step, launching the Cisco ENCS platform as the delivery point for its Connect Services Platform for NFV. Their snappily titled press-release (BT and Cisco accelerate partnership for future networks) has more to say. There’s a bit of BT rebranding…

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…

Ethereum to reach Visa-like volumes in two years

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of the Ethereum platform had an interview with Naval Ravikant, CEO of AngelList during TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF17 conference. Despite Techcrunch taking some quotes out of context, both on Twitter and its website, it is a good interview with lots of insights from Vitalik. For the record: I said ethereum (+plasma et al)…

LoRa extends record distance to 702 km

The Things Network reports that intrepid makers have extended the distance at which a LoRa packet reached one of their gateways. You may remember one of my earlier posts, in which Andreas Spiess managed 212 km in a ground-to-ground connection. Surface-to-surface connections are always going find this distance difficult to beat due to the curvature…

Installation of SiLK from the ground up on Centos 7

Here we go with more network analysis tool building. Not content with the Wireshark on Centos post that seems quite popular, I’ve decided to look at some NetFlow tools. I looked around for good, well supported and documented open-source software.. And I find it in SiLK. Silk is the System for internet Level Knowledge, and…

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…