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Networking Hardware

Facebook Reveals More OCP Servers

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Facebook Reveals More OCP Servers

Facebook builds on its Open Compute Project (OCP) with four new servers-- Bryce Canyon, Yosemite v2, Tioga Pass and Big Basin, all designed to serve different functions for the social network.

As part of the OCP initiative, all server designs are freely available, and interested parties can take them, modify them and have them built by OEMs, be it Chinese companies such as Quanta or big vendors of the HPE variety. Facebook says a number of major companies are involved with OCP, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, AT&T and Verizon, among others.

Bryce Canyon is a refresh of Open Vault, the Facebook storage server design. It is a storage chassis able to hold 72HDDs in four OU, an HDD density 20% higher than Open Vault. A modular design allows multiple configurations, and it supports more powerful processors and a larger memory footprint. Cooling comes from larger 92mm fans able to simultaneously cool the front 3 rows of HDDs, and the design is compatible with the Open Rack v2 standard.

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Gartner: WW Server Revenues on the Decline

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Gartner: WW Server Revenues on the Decline

Gartner reports global Q4 2016 server revenues are down by -1.9% Y-o-Y, while shipments drop by -0.6% Y-o-Y. Overall 2016 also has a negative tone, with shipments remaining flat at 0.1% growth and revenues falling by -2.7%.

"There were some distinct factors that produced the final results for 2016," the analyst remarks. "Hyperscale data centers (e.g., Facebook, Google) grew and, at the same time, drove some significant server replacements. Enterprises grew at a lower rate as they continued to leverage server applications through virtualisation and in some cases, service providers in the cloud."

All regions other than Asia/Pacific see Q4 2016 declines, with MEA showing the largest revenue decline at -14.7%.

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Luxul Ships Epic 4 Routers

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Luxul Ships Epic 4 Routers

Luxul announces the Epic 4 routers-- a range of commercial-grade routers the company says is optimised for SMB and retail applications as well as smart buildings.

The routers feature integration with 3rd party embedded software, including content filtering from Router Limits and a remote management tool from Domotz. Further applications will be available in the near future, such as Ihiji remote network management tools and Luxul Roam-Assist wireless controller technology. Installers can implement any of these advanced featuresĀ as required.

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Arris Buys Ruckus Business From Broadcom

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Arris Buys Ruckus Business From Broadcom

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.

Also 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.

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Cisco Networks Buildings With Catalyst Building Switch

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Cisco Networks Buildings With Catalyst Building Switch

Cisco sets to manage the needs of digital buildings with the Catalyst Digital Building Switch-- an ethernet switch designed to run things such as lights and cameras while collecting data on said devices.

Described as "[the] milestone at the heart of the smart building vision Cisco is defining," the Digital Building Switch handles disparate systems like lighting, HVAC and badging through a key IoT protocol dubbed the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP). It supports 60W per-port Universal POE technology to deliver twice the power of current PoE+, allowing for bigger and brighter lighting fixtures as well as a variety of devices.

Installation and deployment promises to be fairly simple via Bluetooth and smartphone app, while the fanless design ensures it runs noise-free.

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