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…

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…

Azure Data Box is Microsoft’s Snowball and Azure’s sneakernet

Microsoft‘s Azure platform is gaining a portable hard disk import capability. The shippable disk transfer device will bring them into line with Google‘s Transfer Appliance and Amazon‘s AWS Snowball (but not quite their Snowmobile). The Azure Data Box does what it says on the tin. It is a box into which you can place data.…

There’s a problem with IPv6 route lookup speed in Linux

The challenge The great thing about IPv6 is its larger IP address space, but this is also its weakness. That larger IP address space needs routing, potentially creating larger routing tables.. This creates larger routing tables, which has an impact on memory and the time taken to search them. Work done by Vincent Bernat shows…

My challenges with upgrading VMware to 6.5u1

So in theory, a new VMware release is normally a doddle to upgrade to using the methods covered in Keeping VMware ESXi Updated: 6.5 Update 1. It’s worked for the last few releases, and even the same underlying process worked to Upgrade VMware ESXi from 5.5U3 to 6.5 online. But when I tried to upgrade…

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…