BT Launch Ultrafast Broadband @ 152Mbps and 314Mbps

For those of you lucky enough to be able to get your ADSL connection over copper, rather than damp string, BT are now offering higher speeds, up to 314Mb/s. This is Ultrafast Broadband, offering speeds of over 100Mb/s. To be fair, BT have previously had speeds like this using their FTTP (Fibre to the Premises)…

Bringing superfast broadband early to Axford – dig your own trench

Sometimes you can wait a long time for broadband to be delivered. Firstly you need an enabled exchange. Then the connections in the ground or on poles to deliver your connectivity to the Internet. In the case of the rural Wiltshire village of Axford, they’ve been waiting for a while. So long, in fact, that…

Proof: ADSL does operate on wet string

Given the pervasiveness of the Internet, it’s not surprising that there are people out there trying different things. Recently we brought you the intuitive NetValve speed throttling appliance. Now courtesy of some hardworking network technicians at ISP Andews and Arnold here in the UK, we can reveal that ADSL really does operate over wet string.…

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…

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…

All 500 top supercomputers run Linux

The Top500 list regularly polls the organisations that run supercomputers creating a list of largest, fastest, most efficient and so on. The 50th release of the Top500 list was released yesterday.  And there have been some changes. The first is the rise in the number of Chinese supercomputers, putting them ahead of the United States for…

Quintillion completes Alaskan subsea cable

Quintillion has announced it has completed the first phase of its cable between Japan and the UK. The finished segment runs from Prudhoe Bay to Nome, as well as the overland segment from Prudhoe to Fairbanks, following the Dalton Highway (of Ice Road Truckers fame). These Alaskan sections bring coastal communities onto terrestrial internet links.…

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…