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…

Broadcom plans $103bn takeover of Qualcomm

Having announced a move of their headquarters to the US, Broadcom  is now targeting another chipmaker for a takeover. Even with the Brocade deal stuck in CIFUS negotiations, they are looking to target Qualcomm . Given that both Qualcomm and Broadcom have income streams from WiFi and LTE chipsets. The combination of both companies will potentially…

Fujitsu use multi-tenant Silver Peak to host SD-WAN solutions

Fujitsu has added a Silver Peak SD-WAN environment to allow service providers to deliver pre-built platforms for their enterprise customers. The service combines Fujitsu’s consulting and managed network services alongside the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect platform. Service providers leverage the combination, quickly deploying an SD-WAN service for customers, without spending months developing their solution. SD-WAN…

Expressif IoT platforms made safe from KRACK

The recent KRACK exploit has led to fears that this will allow further exploitation of IoT platforms, many of which use WiFi for their internet connection. One of the most successful recent IoT platforms is the Espressif ESP8266 chip. It is very cheap which doesn’t require a lot of support circuitry, and provides a robust CPU…

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…

Product Announcement: Cisco ISR 1000 router

Cisco have launched a new entry point ISR router. This is the Cisco ISR 1000 series, intended as the new entry point for SME connection into the corporate network. It supports lower density remote locations accessing through either an MPLS link or a VPN using the Internet. This isn’t designed to support NFV, but it…

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…

AT&T Welcomes Brocade Employees as It Closes Vyatta Acquisition

AT&T have completed their acquisition of the Vyatta assets from Brocade. Their press-release announces the deal as a way of AT&T continuing their network transformation. This is one of the first sales prior to Brocade’s purchase by Broadcom, scheduled for later in the year. Most of the other announced deals are conditional on the successful…