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VMware laces data centre networking software with intelligent load balancing, security and analytics

At VMware world in San Francisco, VMware announced a range of updates to its NSX networking software that look to improve the security and management of cloud application traffic running on virtual machines, containers or bare metal.

VMware said the updates mean its networking software is now a “complete software-defined networking and security stack built for multi-cloud era”, as the company ramps up its data centre network-virtualisation efforts with software that enables customers to automate data centre workload deployment across edge sites, private data centres and public clouds.


UK to decide on Huawei 5G involvement by end of autumn

The fate of Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network could be decided by the end of the year, Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

5G equipment made by the Chinese firm is currently subject to security concerns amid accusations of links to the Chinese government, which the company has denied.


UK Government plans shake up of mobile network planning restrictions

Scores of new super masts could be built across the British countryside as part of Government plans to eliminate mobile phone blind spots.

Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said she wanted to shake up planning restrictions to allow mobile phone networks to build ground-based masts exceeding the current rules prohibiting structures over 25 metres on public land.

It comes as the Government launched a competition for rural areas which would see them host tests of groundbreaking 5G applications, as part of plans to spark a wider rollout of the communications technology.


Big Switch unveils fresh range of tools to simplify hybrid cloud networking

Software-defined networking (SDN) specialist Big Switch has unveiled a range of software solutions aimed at simplifying hybrid cloud networking.


What is the state of enterprise IoT in the UK?

A new report shows UK organisations lack the technical knowledge to independently deliver IoT projects UK firms need IoT coaching and guidance and are relying on IoT service providers for both consulting support and technical enablement, according to a new ISG report. “Enterprises in the country need a fair amount of coaching and guidance to… Read More


Apple acquires Intel’s smartphone modem division for $1 billion

Apple all set to build integrated processors and modems of its own Apple is to acquire chipmaker Intel’s smartphone modem division for 1 billion US dollars (£803 million). The agreement comes three months after Apple ended a long-running dispute with one of Intel’s rivals, Qualcomm, to ensure it would have a pipeline of chips it… Read More


BT turns to Ubuntu OpenStack for cloud-based 5G delivery

BT expected to complete switch to cloud-based virtualised network by 2022 British telco BT has announced it has chosen Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack as the cloud platform to help deliver 5G connectivity to the UK. Under the deal, Canonical will provide an open source virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) to support BT’s Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) program…. Read More


Microsoft inks $2bn cloud and 5G deal with AT&T

The two companies will also work together to develop “intelligent” edge computing applications Microsoft has announced a “multiyear strategic alliance” with AT&T to develop cloud, AI and 5G technologies. Under the deal, AT&T will integrate Microsoft 365 across its organisation and migrate non-network infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. AT&T will also provide Microsoft access to its… Read More


‘No technological grounds’ to ban Huawei from 5G networks, say MPs

The Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee said some ethical concerns remain, but it could see no technical reason to ban the Chinese firm There are no technological grounds for banning Chinese firm Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks, the Science and Technology Select Committee has said. In a letter to Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, the… Read More


Cisco announces acquisition of Acacia for $2.6bn

Cisco buys optical interconnect specialist to develop intent-based networking portfolio Cisco has announced it is to buy one of its suppliers, optical interconnect specialist Acacia Communications, for $2.6bn (£2.08bn) in cash. The networking giant said the deal will strengthen its software, silicon and optics capabilities, helping the company to make networks smarter, simple and more… Read More


Extreme Networks snaps up rival Aerohive for $272 million

Extreme looks to Aerohive’s automation capabilities to expand edge-to-cloud networking offering Networking equipment vendor Extreme Networks has announced it will acquire rival Aerohive. In a press release, Extreme said the acquisition will add important cloud management and edge capabilities to the company’s portfolio, as customers increasingly demand connectivity from the edge to the cloud. Extreme… Read More


Cloudflare fixes outage that affected Discord and others
Route leak that impacted Cloudflare network resolved Cloudflare, a company that provides performance and security services to websites, has resolved an issue that affected a number of its customers Monday. Among the sites affected by the network issue were Overcast, Discord, WP Engine, WP Engine and Sonassi, and many of the other 16 million sites... Read More


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