Marvell has designs on Cavium

Chipmaker Marvell has announced its intention to acquire smaller rival Cavium for $6bn. (Marvell and Cavium to Combine Creating an Infrastructure Solutions Powerhouse.) This deal is dwarfed by the recent Broadcom announcement regarding Qualcomm but is for the same reasons. Unlike the Broadcom/Qualcomm deal, this is agreed upon by both sides. The deal offers $40…

VMware acquires VeloCloud, consolidates SD-WAN market

VMware have announced in a blog post (Leading our Industry into a Software-Defined Future with Strategic M&A) that they are acquiring VeloCloud. They have also issued the obligatory press-release to support this. They follow Cisco’s acquisition of Viptela (Viptela plans for acquisition by Cisco) in integrating SD-WAN as a feature into networks rather than a…

Wi-Fi encryption KRACK-ed with re-keying injection

On Monday, a coordinated disclosure announcement revealed that WiFi networks are at risk. The disclosure was found early with the discovery of the GitHub repository for the talking points on the issue. The security teams investigating the matter named it KRACK. They documented their findings on www.krackattacks.com. Ars Technica was the first to publish an article (Severe…

TheRegister: Linux to gain longer-term support

El Register reports that the Linux kernel is gaining a longer-term support model. Their article indicates that Greg Kroah-Hartman is planning on a six-year term for the various Linux kernel long-term releases. Currently, Linux kernels have a two-year life in the Long-Term Support queue, before being retired. This support period isn’t enough for Google, who need longer-term support…