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An Initiative in Universal Stylus

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A number of OEMs, stylus and touch controller makers announce the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI), an organisation with the aim of developing and promoting an industry specification for an active stylus.

Stylus tabletUSI founding members include Atmel, Hanvon, Intel, Lenovo, Sharp, Synaptics, Wacom, and Waltop (at the Promoter level), as well as Dell, eGalax_eMPIA, Elan and Focal Tech (at the Contributor level).

The organization's plan is to create a cross-platform stylus standard allowing for seamless communications between active styluses and touch-enabled devices from multiple vendors. It hopes to publish an initial USI specification by Q2 2015.

Juniper Claims Fastest Firewall

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Juniper Networks claims the SRX5800 Services Gateway delivers "unprecedented" performance, with available Internet Mix (IMIX) firewall throughput reaching up to 2Tbps to further minimise security bottlenecks.

Juniper networksThe device carries new Juniper hardware, including 3rd generation input/output cards (IOC3), an enhanced SRX midplane chassis and 3rd generation system control boards (SCB3). Each IOC3 line card supports 2 packet forwarding engines (PFE) in a high-density 2x100GbE and 4x10GbE high speed interface configuration, and delivers 240Gbps of bandwidth.

Uniting the hardware is Express Path software.

Public Cloud Drives Infrastructure Growth

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Global cloud infrastructure spending (covers servers, disk storage and ethernet switches) is set to grow by 21% to $32 billion in 2015 IDC reports, accounting for 33% of all 2015 IT infrastructure spending.

Clouds computerA chief driver for 2015 is public cloud spending, which is set to grow by 25% to reach $21bn. Meanwhile private cloud infrastructure spending should reach $12bn with 16% growth.

Interestingly W. Europe should see the highest cloud infrastructure growth (32%), followed by Latin America (23%), Japan (22%) and the US (21%).

IBM Opens 2nd Dutch Cloud Centre

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IBM adds a second cloud datacentre in the Netherlands-- specifically in Almere, just outside of Amsterdam-- in order to double SoftLayer capacity and add more cloud-based options in the region.

IBM SoftlayerA private network securely connects the Almere datacentre to all other Softlayer datacentres, allowing for the replication of data or the creation of redundant operations in multiple locations.

“This new facility demonstrates the demand and success IBM Cloud is having at delivering high-value services right to the doorstep of our clients,” Big Blue says. “We’re reaching customers in a way that takes all the guess work out of moving to the cloud. They can build and scale applications, run the toughest big data workloads, have the level of security they need, all in country and connected to a truly global platform.”

The Freescale SDN Switching Platform

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Freescale Semiconductor teams up with ODM Advantech to combine the performance of traditional switches with the flexibility and manageability of network virtualisation technology in a switch as a white-box appliance.

SDNThe platform is designed to handle software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualisation (NFV). It features a Freescale 24-core server-class QorIQ T4240 processor inside standard ASIC devices complete with Linux OS, OpenDaylight datapath API and VortiQa SDN software (supports OpenFlow v. 1.3 with Layer 4 extensions and Layer 2/3 forwarding).

Freescale also promises "exceptional" virtualised environment security via integrated firewalling, intrusion detection and IPSEC over VxLAN.

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