Take a Network Break! This week we discuss a new series of data center switches from Plexxi, and analyze Cisco’s MaintenanceNet acquisition and the latest development in its legal battle with Arista Networks.
In open networking news, the CloudRouter project adds OpenDaylight’s Lithium release, and Google joins OpenStack (it’s all about Kubernetes). On the cloud front, Greg argues that Azure price hikes in Europe will lead to other providers raising prices.
We parse the Intel’s second quarter revenues (the company still relies on a shrinking client computing unit for the bulk of its revenue, but data center and IoT units see growth), and spend two seconds on a data center facilities spending report. Finally, we join the rallying cry for the death of Flash (the browser plugin, not the super hero). You can find links to all the stories we covered below.
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Plexxi Launches New Switch
Cisco Buys MaintenanceNet For $139 Million
Cisco Vs. Arista
Cisco indirect infringement case against Arista dismissed – Network World
According to Courthouse News Service, U.S. Federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman earlier this month dismissed the pre-suit indirect infringement claims since Cisco conceded that it is not seeking damages for those claims.
Why Java APIs and Industry-Standard CLIs are Different – Arista Networks
CloudRouter Beta Bundles OpenDaylight Lithium
Open source router project administers Lithium – Network World
CloudRouter inches closer to G/A with second beta – The Register
Google Joins OpenStack
Azure Price Hikes?
Intel Earns $13.2 Billion In Q2
Intel Has Become The Blackberry Of Semiconductors – Seeking Alpha
Data Center Facilities Spending
87% of datacenter operators surveyed from North America and Europe are maintaining or increasing their datacenter facility spending, with 25% expecting to increase spending over the next 90 days.
The primary targets for this increased spending are rack and cabling, power equipment and datacenter infrastructure management software (DCIM).
Flash Outcry Grows Louder
Flash. Must. Die. – Wired
This week, in the wake of newly discovered vulnerabilities in Flash, Facebook security boss Alex Stamos called for a termination date for Flash, and late Monday night Mozilla disabled all current versions of the plug-in by default in its Firefox browser. Even Google is limiting Flash’s impact; last month, it announced that future versions of Chrome will “intelligently pause” Flash-based content that isn’t part of a website’s core experience (e.g. video ads).