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Networking Hardware

Cisco Goes for the Light(wire)

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Cisco Goes for the Light(wire)

Cisco acquires optical networking technology maker Lightwire for $271M, saying the future of high-speed networking lies in the use of Silicon-based (CMOS) photonics technology. 

Lightwire integrates multiple high-speed optical functions onto small silicon chips-- creating low-power solutions with higher-density optical connectivity, ideal for data centre components such as switches and routers. 

Cisco says the purchase will create “an integrated technology platform that supports our customers' burgeoning need for cost-effective high-speed networks." Read more...

Dell'Oro: Cloud Boosting Ethernet Shipments

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Dell'Oro: Cloud Boosting Ethernet Shipments

According to Dell'Oro Group, more 10 Gbps ethernet port shipments are going towards cloud customers, even as shipments to traditional servers are actually declining. 

The analyst says Q4 2011 10 Gbps ethernet controller and adapter shipments show "modest" 3% Q-o-Q growth, reaching 1.3M units-- but shipments to cloud customers are growing "about 10 times faster" than the overall market. 

Mellanox managed to double Q4 adapter shipments thanks to one large cloud customer, while Intel LOM shipments are heading towards stand-alone cloud servers. 

Dell' Read more...

Extending USB Signals With Newnex

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Extending USB Signals With Newnex

Newnex reveals what it say is the first USB 3.0 active repeater-- the FireNEX-uLINK-D, capable of repeating a USB 3.0 signal for over 14 metres of standard USB cable.

Shown at a press event at CES 2012, the FireNEX-uLINK-D is bus powered (needing no external power or drivers) and plug and play.

Also seen at CES is the FireNEX-5000-- the first USB 3.0 optical repeater according to Newnex. Using fibre it sends USB signals for over 100m, far beyond the standards of regular USB cable.

The company says the repeater can find many applications, including Read more...

Switching, Routing Refresh from Cisco

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Switching, Routing Refresh from Cisco

Cisco refreshes its switching portfolio with upgrades aiming for cloud-based workloads, together with the addition of more services and capabilities to its Integrated Services Routers (ISR). 

According to the Cisco Cloud Index, over 50% of data centre workloads will be cloud-based by 2014, with global cloud traffic reaching 1.6 zettabytes per year by 2015.

Cisco's most-sold switching product, the Catalyst 6500, now has 40G ethernet capability, while the Nexus 7000 data centre swtich has 40/100G ethernet. The Catalyst 6500, Catalyst 4500 and ASR 1 Read more...

EMEA Networking Channel to Face Cloud

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EMEA Networking Channel to Face Cloud

According to IDC the EMEA networking channel will soon face a changing landscape due to the rapid adoption of cloud-based solutions. 

The analyst describes the networking channel market in EMEA as "a dynamic environment that is constantly evolving, fueled by new technologies, changing customer demands, an alternate vendor landscape, and an uncertain economy." However cloud adoption is also on the rise, as enterprises start centralising their applications, servers, data and storage resources in the name of cost-efficienct and agility. 

Major EMEA Read more...

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