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Cisco Boosts DNA Suite

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Cisco adds to the hardware, software and services making its Digital Network Architecture (DNA) approach, all designed to extend virtualisation and bolster security across campuses, branch offices and the cloud.

Cisco networking“DNA offers IT leaders a blueprint for building digital ready networks," the company says. "In just under 18 months we have seen over 1,900 organizations deploy our SDN controller, APIC-EM, in their networks and start laying a foundation capable of enabling their digital transformation."

On the hardware side Cisco offers the Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) 5400 series-- a 1RU Intel Xeon server with an 8-port GE switch and support for LTE, T1 and DSL connectivity, as well as Dual-Phy gigabit ethernet WAN and 64GB of memory. It is designed to help customers extend routing, security, WAN optimisation and other network services to branch environments, and promises deployment to be quick while covering security, QoS and management capabilities.

Arris Buys Ruckus Business From Broadcom

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Arris Technologies pays $800 million in cash to buy the Ruckus network edge portfolio from Broadcom, a deal to take place once the latter closes its acquisition of Brocade.

Arris BroadcomAlso covered by the Arris deal is the Broadcom ICX campus switching line, part of what Brocade used to pitch as "next generation" IP networks. Post-acquisition the Broadcom assets will form a business unit with a focus on "innovative wireless networking and wired switching technology" lead by current Ruckus COO Dan Rabinovistj.

Broadcom bought Brocade for $5.9 billion back in November 2016, and shareholders approved of the deal earlier last month. According to Reuters the Ruckus unit is "the first sale of assets that Broadcom is aiming to complete." It is also probably the most valuable.

AMD Presents Ryzen Desktop CPUs

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AMD returns to the high performance processor game with Ryzen 7-- a CPU family based around Zen architecture, with 8-core, 16-thread parts and 16MB level 3 cache shared across all cores.

AMD RyzenAccording to the company, Ryzen 7 CPUs can do 52% more work per cycle than a similarly-clocked predecessor, thanks to a 14nm manufacturing process, a 5x increase in bandwidth and the architectural changes brought about by Ze. The processors also support simultaneous multithreading (the AMD take on Intel's Hyper-Threading), allowing each core to execute 2 code paths simultaneously.

Post-PC Intel Looks to Drones

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An ailing PC market drives Intel to look for other product categories in which to prosper-- such as drones, as Chipzilla now offers the Aero Ready to Fly Drone.

Aero droneThe Aero is a full-assembled drone complete with integrated flight controller, remote control receiver and transmitter. Since it is an Chipzilla product it uses an Intel CPU (specifically an Atom x7-Z8750) and a 3D RealSense depth camera, which come in handy when used together with GPS, altimeter and magnetometer to power an auto-pilot mode.

Other details include 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 802.11ac wifi and a USB 3.0 port. The OS of choice is a version of Linux, meaning programmers can develop apps for the drone. Construction is in carbon fibre, and of course it also includes electronic speed controllers, motors and propellers. Strangely enough the package does not include a power pack-- instead customers need to buy a specific high-capacity lithium-polymer battery separately.

Oracle Adds to IoT Cloud Software

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Oracle expands its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio with four cloud solutions allowing enterprises to manage equipment and other assets, factories and other plants, commercial fleets and employee movement.

Oracle IoT CloudAccording to the company, organisations with the ability to integrate device data into business processes and applications gain "critical predictive insights" and drive cost-effective actions, allowing them to deliver innovative services faster and with less risk to customers.

“The world is becoming ever-more digital and IoT is the next step on that journey—delivering better customer experiences and helping organisations achieve a competitive advantage," Oracle claims. “Oracle IoT Applications enable businesses to leverage connected devices and equipment to modernize the digital supply chain.”

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