Cloudflare adds Secure DNS service on 1.1.1.1

Cloudflare has expanded the range of secure DNS services available. As well as Cisco’s OpenDNS, Google’s DNS service, Oracle’s Dyn, and the recent Quad 9 service, Cloudflare now adds 1.1.1.1 to the mix. According to their blog yesterday (Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service), this is not an April Fool’s joke, but a…

RFC8369: Internationalizing IPv6 Using 128-bit Unicode

In a forward-looking RFC that presupposes an expansion of the Unicode address space to 128-bits, it is proposed that IPv6 addresses may instead of the standard notations proposed in RFC8600, be represented by a specific emoji or equivalent. Assuming the new Unicode code point space is 128 bits — excluding some reserved bits for backwards…

China to plan IPv6 leap forward

The Register has picked up a story about China’s adoption of IPv6. This article originally came from the Xinhua state news agency. (China to speed up IPv6-based Internet development). China feels the lack of IPv4 address space most keenly. They have the worlds largest population by country, at 1.4 billion people. They have a vast…

Frost and Sullivan place VeloCloud first by SD-WAN Global Market share

VeloCloud, after the recent announcement that VMware would buy them, has also been given another accolade. This time analysts Frost and Sullivan have announced that VeloCloud is in first place across the globe by market share. This follows Frost and Sullivan awarding a Best Practices Award last year for leadership in the North American SD-WAN…

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…

Samsung completes sale of printer business to HP Inc

Samsung has completed the sale of its printer business to HP Inc for $1.05bn. (HP Completes Acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Printer Business). This completes a deal announced in September 2016 (HP Inks $1.05bn deal for Samsung’s Printer Business) HP has acquired not only the Samsung multi-function printer portfolio but also the 1,300 researchers…

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…

AstroPi receives upgrades and ISS roaming

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has published a note about planned upgrades to the two AstroPi devices aboard the International Space Station. Based on the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B+, the AstroPi is hardened to withstand the rigours of space. The upgrades include optical filters, Wifi Dongles, and larger SD cards. Optical Filters for the AstroPi? Why? These help…