SDN Advancements Highlighted at OpenDaylight Summit

The recent OpenDaylight Summit provided a showcase for advancements to date in software-defined networking technologies.

VMware Customers Favorable Toward Windws 10

A survey of VMware customers -- admins who will support the new Windows 10 on their virtual infrastructure -- shows they expect good things from the just-released OS they see as their platform for the future ... next year.

Is Windows 10 Ready for the Enterprise?

With this week's release of Windows 10 comes the question about whether the new OS is ready for enterprise deployment, an issue often in doubt for years after a product is launched.

No Magic Quadrant Studies for SDN/NFV, Says Research Firm

"SDN and NFV aren't markets," said Gartner Inc. analyst Joe Skorupa recently in explaining why the research firm won't be publishing any "Magic Quadrant" reports for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies

Container Standards Effort Launched

The Linux Foundation announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to work on the Open Container Initiative (OCI), formed at last month's DockerCon conference to create standards for containers.

VMware, Microsoft Lead Server Virtualization in Analyst's Rankings

VMware Inc. is the clear leader in Gartner Inc.'s 2015 "Magic Quadrant" for x86 server virtualization infrastructure report, similar to last year's report. Only Microsoft joins VMware in the "Leaders" quadrant.

Experts Say Government Surveillance Backdoors Actually Make Things Worse

A group of prominent cryptographers said that the planting of backdoors for law enforcement surveillance -- in an effort to crack down on cybercrime -- is actually creating more network vulnerabilities that criminals can exploit.

Teradata Will Offer Cloudera Option for Hadoop Appliance

Teradata said users of its Big Data analytics appliance will soon be able to use Cloudera Inc.'s Hadoop distribution, joining the current Hortonworks Data Platform 2.3 option.

Microsoft Combines Data Offerings

Microsoft announced the new Cortana Analytics Suite, a one-stop shop for the company's machine learning, Big data and business intelligence products.

Microsoft Releases System Center Configuration Manager Tech Preview 2

Microsoft has released Technical Preview 2 of System Center Configuration Manager, available for testing from an Evaluation Center page. The offering also features a second preview of System Center Endpoint Protection.

Cisco Backs New-Generation Networking Company

Cisco Systems Inc. this week invested in a French company, 6WIND, a specialist in helping enterprises deploy software-defined networking and network functions virtualization technologies in existing datacenter setups.

Research Firm Predicts Big Uptick in Cloud Infrastructure Spending

This year, IDC said, will see cloud infrastructure spending take up one-third of IT budgets.

Following OpenDaylight Update, Study Shows Benefits of Next-Gen Networking

A recent study indicated the young software-defined networking technology and its sidekick, network functions virtualization, "could be as significant as the introduction of IP networks themselves." The study emerged just two days after a new release of the OpenDaylight SDN platform.

Microsoft Azure Key Vault Security Service Now Available

Microsoft recently announced its Azure Key Vault service is available for commercial use.

Pluribus Leads Converged Infrastructure Project

Pluribus Networks Inc. teamed up with Red Hat Inc. and Super Micro Computer Inc. to demonstrate a converged infrastructure package featuring Pluribus' flagship open source-based distributed network hypervisor OS, Netvisor.

Microsoft Shows Off Container App for Multiple Platforms

At DockerCon, Microsoft demoed a key milestone toward building apps that can run on multiple server OSes.

New-Age Networking Project Transforms Carrier Central Offices

At the recent Open Networking Summit, a project demonstrated the implementation of next-generation networking technologies in telecom carriers' central offices, re-architecting the infrastructure by using open standards software and commodity hardware to replace proprietary, fragmented systems.

VMware Expands Into Identity-as-a-Service

Expanding even further beyond its roots in server virtualization, VMware Inc. has launched a single sign-on (SSO) product called Identity Manager.

Microsoft Details Strict Windows 10 Update Rules

Enterprises must follow strict Windows 10 update rules in certain circumstances to avoid being left out of future security updates, Microsoft said, with one rule requiring them to adopt the new OS by a certain period of time.

HP and Alcatel-Lucent Team Up for Cloud Datacenter Networking

HP and Alcatel-Lucent have entered into a partnership to feature HP software-defined networking and other technology in Alcatel-Lucent's cloud datacenter solutions for optical and IP-based networks.