Big-Data Wars: Technology could tip the mid-term elections


After John Kerry lost a very winnable election in 2004, Democrats were worried that Republicans had gained an almost insurmountable lead in both technology and data analysis.“Progressive technology infrastructure was born in 2004, when we got our teeth kicked in,” says Bryan Whitaker, COO of the NGP VAN, a privately held company that offers technology-based services to Democratic candidates.

“Back in 2004, we had no counter to the right’s consistent messaging machine. Fox News, talk radio, Drudge, etc. put out consistent, never-ending messages, and the left didn’t have a viable response to that,” he says. “As we investigated ways to catch up, one thing we realized we should focus on is figuring out how to build up better grassroots efforts.

The most persuasive way to influence someone is through person-to-person interactions, but how do you do that effectively, especially in off-year elections?”

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NFC chip implants: First Apple, now this guy


Dangerous Things Dangerous Things’ $99 13.56MHz ISO14443A & NFC Type 2 NTAG216 RFID chipset It’s hard to steal Apple’s thunder on anything these days, but a self-professed “body modification” enthusiast might have done just that: He’s had an NFC chip implanted in his hand. Apple’s near field communications (NFC) chip in its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones pales by comparison, no? Those phone chips lay the groundwork for the new Apple Pay mobile payments technology made available with the arrival of iOS 8.1 this week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here…
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Xen Project discloses serious vulnerability that impacts virtualized servers | Network World


Funny, since I’ve been telling clients this for years…

A visual history of Netscape Navigator


This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Netscape Navigator, the venerable web browser that unquestionably helped popularize the World Wide Web in an immeasurable way. Developed by Jim Clark and Marc Andreesen, Netscape Navigator was a revolutionary piece of software that fundamentally changed the way the masses used and accessed the Internet.

These days, Netscape is nothing more than a memory, having been discontinued and replaced in the market by familiar names like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

To help commemorate an incredible milestone in the history of the Internet, here is a visual history of the Netscape web browser, from its early beginnings to its untimely death at the hands of AOL.

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Mars gets close encounter with a comet


The Red Planet will entertain an uninvited guest this weekend in the form a comet moving at 126,000 mph through its space in the universe. Scientists say the comet called Sliding Spring, will not hit the planet, nor the spacecraft currently orbiting Mars. Just to be safe though, NASA says it will alter the orbits on its spacecraft to make sure they are behind Mars when the comet flies by. All of the instruments however will be pointed at the comet and some interesting new details on comets should be gleaned from the pass. Here’s what’s out there:
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46% of consumers will holiday shop before November


By Jacqueline Renfrow

Nearly half of consumers, 46 percent, plan to start their holiday shopping before November and one in four plans to have it all completed by Black Friday, according to the latest RetailMeNot “Shoppers Trend Report.”

The survey, conducted in partnership with The Omnibus Company, also revealed that 15 percent of shoppers pick up holiday gifts over the course of the year to spread out the cost.

“These findings reflect the shift we’ve seen over the past few years toward an extended holiday shopping season,” said Trae Bodge, senior lifestyle editor for The Real Deal by RetailMeNot. “Where Black Friday used to be the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, it’s now close to the finish line for many consumers who’ve started taking advantage of deals earlier in the season and throughout the year. However, the ‘Five Days of Savings’ (Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday) still represents a meaningful part of the holiday shopping season, both in-store and online, as we see retailers continue to deepen their discounts on RetailMeNot during this period.”

With more consumers headed to stores early, retailers are responding by opening their stores on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, brands are readying their e-commerce sites. Retailers are expecting a big increase in online sales, 86 percent in year-over-year holiday sales, according to a ChannelAdvisor multichannel e-commerce study.

One in three consumers believes stores opening on Thanksgiving Day means those who have to work on Black Friday will get to partake in great sales. And about 22 percent of those surveyed saw the turkey day openings as something fun to do with the family. Finally, one in five see Thanksgiving as a way to get even better deals than on Black Friday.

Whatever day consumers plan to shop, the discounts will have to be worthy. According to a new report from PwC and Strategy&, as many as 72 percent of consumers believe the economic environment is the same or worse than last year. Therefore, 84 percent plan to spend the same or less money than in 2013.

Bodge also predicted some trends for Black Friday this year, including the need for retailers to release strong offers throughout the “Five Days of Savings.” Another trend is staggering deals to prevent overly hectic shopping days. In addition, more retailers will offer price matching. And finally, retailers will offer incentives to join their loyalty programs.

Despite on-going deals, the three most popular shopping days will still be Black Friday, 36 percent, Cyber Monday, 32 percent, and Thanksgiving Day, 25 percent.

Costco partners with Alibaba to sell in China


By Jacqueline Renfrow

Costco (NASDAQ:COSTCO) is entering the Chinese market for the first time through a partnership with e-commerce giant Alibaba. The Washington-based warehouse company has opened a store on T-Mall, an online marketplace run by Alibaba.

The store will sell the usual Costco products including baby goods, beauty items, dietary supplements and household products, reported Forbes. All orders will mail directly from the United States to consumers’ doorsteps over the course of five to 20 days.

T-mall offers virtual store fronts and payment portals to merchants and the warehouses abroad would help cut logistics costs and delivery time, reported Reuters.

One reason Costco chose to enter the market is China’s new desire for imported and quality food. In a time of food safety issues, the country is looking to the United States because of its healthier track record.

“Costco sees tremendous growth opportunities in China, especially in light of Chinese consumers’ increasing appetite for imported products,” Jim Murphy, Costco’s executive VP, said in a statement.

Costco’s competition will include, the online supermarket half owned by Walmart, and Sam’s Club plans to expand on the 10 brick-and-mortar stores it already has in China. The company also owns 19 stores in Japan and 10 each in Taiwan and Korea through majority-owned subsidiaries, reported Reuters.

The announcement came on after the company reported a net income of $697 million in the latest quarter, up from $617 million last year.

Costco joins the growing list of retailers who have signed on this year to partner with Alibaba’s T-Mall including Zara’s parent company Inditex, which a few weeks ago turned over partial control of its e-commerce site to Alibaba.

Alibaba’s presence in the United States is growing, as the company went public in the U.S. market last month at a record $68 a share.

For more:
-See this Forbes article
-See this Reuters article

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Amazon to open holiday pop-up stores


By Jacqueline Renfrow

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) will open retail stores in San Francisco and Sacramento as early as next week. One holiday pop-up store will be located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre in downtown San Francisco, reported GeekWire. The exact location of the Sacramento store has not yet been confirmed.

“We’re excited to open new pop-up kiosks in San Francisco and Sacramento in time for the holidays so that customers can try out our new devices,” a spokeswoman told GeekWire. “The team is moving incredibly quickly–already this year we’ve launched Fire TV, Fire phone, new Fire tablets, new Kindle e-readers, and a bunch of new features and services. While customers can already see our products online and at retailers like Best Buy and Staples, we wanted to provide another option to try out our full line-up leading into the holidays.”

Amazon had experimented with physical retail through automated vending machines for its Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets. The company has also tested the installation of lockers in other retailers’ stores.

According to the source, there is no commitment to build any other pop-ups at this time.

Last week, Amazon announced it would open a physical store in Manhattan. Unlike that store—which is rumored to serve as a pick-up location and mini-warehouse—the San Francisco and Sacramento stores will showcase Amazon brand products like the Kindle and Fire smartphone.

The timing of the physical store opening is significant as Amazon and other retailers prepare for the busiest shopping season of the year. This fall, Amazon has launched several new initiatives for the holiday season, including the introduction of #AmazonWishList, which allows shoppers to add items directly to their Amazon Wish List without leaving their Twitter page.

For more:
-See this GeekWire article

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Google expands same-day delivery, offers annual membership


By Jacqueline Renfrow

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced it would expand its Shopping Express—now called simply Express—platform to three new cities: Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. The same-day delivery will now be available to 7 million new customers.

Google Express offers groceries, office supplies and household goods from local retailers, including Target (NYSE: TGT), Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM), Costco (NASDAQ: COST), Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG). While the service started in the Northern California area, in spring it rolled out in Manhattan and west Los Angeles.

“With Google Express, the company is looking to establish a direct relationship with consumers,” said Vishwa Chandra, a principal in the retail practice of A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. “While initially complementary to brick-and-mortar retailers’ desire to have an omnichannel offering, they still run the risk of being disintermediated in the medium term as Google gains a better understanding of consumer needs and is able to be more directive of their purchases. At the end of the day, Google is an insights company. Google Express puts them right in the middle of customers’ shopping behavior–and how they can monetize it is based on their ability to directly influence what people spend their money on, and where they spend it.”

It seems the competition is heating up between Google and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), which also announced the expansion of its same-day delivery option within days of Google’s announcement last spring. Now Google has also introduced a membership program, similar to Amazon’s Prime.

Google members will receive free same-day or overnight delivery on orders over $15, first dibs on delivery windows, and shared membership with a household member.

In addition, Google announced it added 16 more merchants, national and local, over the last few months, including 1-800-Flowers, Barnes & Noble, Nine West, PetSmart, Vitamin Shoppe and Sports Authority.

Membership costs $95 a year or $10 a month. New shoppers can try the first three months of membership for free. Without membership, each order costs shoppers $4.99.

For more:
-See this Google blog

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FiberLight taps Ciena’s platforms for South Florida optical overlay build-out


By Sean Buckley

FiberLight has employed Ciena’s 6500 converged packet optical platform and 5160 Service Aggregation switch for an optical network overbuild of its South Florida network, a move it says will enable it to better respond to higher speed requirements from its mix of business and wholesale customers.

Running from North Palm Beach to Doral, the network upgrade will affect 70 percent of FiberLight’s South Florida network.

Upon completion later this month, the upgraded core network will connect to nearly every data center in the region and will feature DWDM-based nodes and Ethernet aggregation switches at six data centers in Miami, including the NAP of the Americas, two Equinix locations, Miami Data Vault, QTS and Peak 10.

Each of the Ciena platforms will serve distinct roles in this network overlay.

The 6500 platform will enable FiberLight to deploy wavelength connectivity across data centers in the Miami region at speeds ranging from 10G through 100G.

Meanwhile, Ciena’s 5160 Service Aggregation Switch, which includes OneControl Unified Management System for faster service turn-up and end-to-end visibility, will deliver business services such as Ethernet.

“The 6500 platform is perfect for the growth of our core backbone and it offers the range of services and scalability for all of our existing as well as our new customers primarily in the data center areas of the South Florida region, which is a key point of focus for FiberLight,” said Jeff Chapman, executive vice president of engineering services for FiberLight, in an interview with FierceTelecom.

Providing traditional connectivity services is just part of this network build. Chapman said the new platforms and the overlay network build will enable it to support new service capabilities, such as bandwidth on demand and extending services to smaller businesses.

“Being with Ciena, we could focus on the core systems and where to deliver not only the most versatile platform, but also something that maximizes and improves our operational efficiency by providing such things as bandwidth on demand and local platforms of services throughout the market,” Chapman said. “One of our troubled areas was the Palm Beach area, which we have now gotten on the core network and it gives us connectivity down to the NAP of the Americas in order to get the bigger bandwidth opportunities not only from the data carriers there, but also from small and medium enterprises as well.”

For more:
– see the release

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Zayo, Netflix partner on Florida Internet Exchange


By Sue Marek

Zayo’s zColo division is teaming with Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX)  to sponsor and house FL-IX, a non-profit peering group that will serve the southeastern U.S. and Latin America. Besides Netflix and Zayo, FL-IX’s other members include Akamai, CloudFlaire and Host.Net. These members are all actively seeking peering partnerships.

Zayo’s zColo division will provide the space, power and underlying network connectivity for FL-IX while Netflix will provide the switching equipment and other technology necessary to run the exchange.

A Netflix executive said in a statement that the company is committed to the Open IX model that provides greater options for exchanging traffic. “The Miami market needs more connectivity alternatives to NAP of the Americas and we anticipate FL-IX will be well received by many major content and network providers. The FL-IX exchange should also enable emerging providers to participate in this cost effective peering community,” said Dave Temkin, director of network architecture and strategy at Netflix.

Zayo has been expanding lately. Last month the company launched Tranzact, a platform that will allow enterprise customers or resellers the ability to order bandwidth services. Customers that use the service can shop from and purchase from over 70,000 global locations and buy bandwidth services in two minutes or less. Given the diverse needs of each customer, they can also search by building, location type, data centers and cloud providers.

For more:
– see this press release

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FirstLight Fiber wraps its G4 Communications acquisition


By Sean Buckley

FirstLight has put the finishing touches on its acquisition of all of New Hampshire-based G4 Communications’ assets, including its entire customer base and its Manchester, N.H.-based data center.

Similar to its earlier acquisitions, the G4 acquisition is about scaling FirstLight’s network reach, including data centers. By acquiring G4, FirsLight now operates five data center facilities (three facilities located in New Hampshire, one in Vermont and one in New York).

“The G4 assets, paired with FirstLight’s existing network and capabilities, strengthen our presence in New Hampshire and will translate to higher quality service and support for our customers,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, president and CEO of FirstLight, in a release. “The transaction benefits leading enterprises throughout New Hampshire, including healthcare organizations, financial institutions, government agencies and educational institutions.”

But the deal also has implications for G4’s existing customer base. By becoming part of FiberLight, G4’s existing business and carrier customers will be able to get access to more locations in other Northeast regions, including Vermont, upstate New York and even Canada.   

Besides the expanded reach, customers will be able to get access to FirstLight’s own facilities-based fiber network, meaning they can ensure a better experience since they can control the network. Before being purchased by FirstLight, G4’s customer connections were created by deploying its own routers and switches and renting local loops from the local ILEC FairPoint.

For more:
– see the release

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CenturyLink, Frontier say 10/1 Mbps is coming to rural areas


By Sean Buckley

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Frontier Communications say in a joint filing that the second phase of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF-II) should support the regulator’s 10/1 proposed broadband definition in all rural areas they serve today.

“If 10/1 is the new standard then all high-cost areas lacking 10/1 service today should be eligible for support,” CenturyLink and Frontier wrote in their joint filing.

By ensuring support for 10/1 Mbps in rural areas, the FCC would be able through CAF-II to serve another 500,000 customer locations and all rural areas would be “treated equally.” The two service providers said that “ignoring high cost areas that lack 10/1 service would mean stranding these customers with substandard broadband at a time when FCC is calling for higher speeds across the nation.”

Both service providers point out that they have continually expanded the reach and speeds of their broadband networks.

CenturyLink offers 12 Mbps DSL-based broadband service to 55 percent of customers and 40 Mbps to 25 percent of its customers.

Likewise, Frontier provided broadband services to 92 percent of its legacy rural markets when it acquired Verizon’s assets in 2010, which had only 60 percent availability at that time. Today, Frontier said it can offer 6 Mbps to 83 percent of its customers, 12 Mbps to 75 percent of customers, and 20 Mbps or higher to 54 percent of its customers.

CenturyLink and Frontier accepted CAF-I funding to expand services into hard-to-reach areas.

CenturyLink initially only accepted $35 million of the $90 million CAF I funding it was eligible for in 2012 because it said that the $775 per household restriction the FCC imposed in the CAF-I rules would not work.

Frontier accepted $71.9 million in CAF-I funding, which it will use to upgrade facilities in its territory to provide broadband DSL service to an additional 92,876 households.

Although the CAF-I funding program helped both CenturyLink and Frontier expand broadband into more high-cost areas, both point out that the FCC needs to get the issues with the CAF-II program resolved so service providers can get services to more rural customers.

“The delay in CAF Phase II implementation has cost the entire nation as millions of Americans remain without broadband because the support has not been distributed,” CenturyLink and Frontier wrote in the filing.

These two carriers’ concerns about implementing the CAF-II funds have gotten support from over 40 members of Congress, which asked the FCC in September to give service providers the flexibility they need to deploy high-speed broadband connections to more hard-to-reach communities.

For more:
– see the FCC filing (.pdf)

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Cisco Advises Users to Lockdown Webex to Prevent Snooping


Cisco has warned customers to lock down WebEx after a security researcher and journalist found many big-name companies left some online meetings open for anyone to join.

Brian Krebs wrote on his blog that he found companies and organizations that failed to password protect WebEx meetings, which allowed “anyone to join daily meetings about apparently internal discussions and planning sessions.

”Meeting schedules for organizations were available through WebEx’s “Event Center,” he wrote.Cisco has a variety of options for WebEx that are intended to accommodate sensitive meetings and ones intended for the public.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Argentina: You won’t believe what law the government just passed


October 14, 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina

In the pantheon of utter political stupidity in our time, the competition is pretty fierce to see who ranks #1.

But I have to imagine that, even with so many rivals, Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner makes a pretty compelling argument to be the champion.

And though the productive class of Argentina is no stranger to being vilified by a populist government whose grasp on power rests on praising the dignity of poverty, Cristina has managed to take things to an entirely new level.

Exhibit A: Argentina’s new ‘supply law’, or Ley de Abastecimiento, due to take effect in December next year.

Under this new law, the government will have the honorable burden of defending consumers from greedy producers.

Companies are now prohibited from setting their prices too high, generating too much profit, or producing too little.

And unlike the country’s astronomically high taxes (which at least have defined numbers and penalties), the new supply law doesn’t even say what is meant by too high, too many, or too little.

It simply reinforces the government’s unchecked power to arbitrarily audit, fine, shut down, and expropriate production of private companies.

Argentina’s government has already been maintaining “voluntary” price controls on over 400 consumer products for the past year, all in the name of combating the inflation that they themselves created.

And as any high school economics student can tell you, price controls create… SHORTAGES. Duh.

Needless to say, local production of these staple consumer products has dropped as a result of price controls. And given the pitiful state of the peso, they’re too expensive to import.

And anyone who can actually get their hands on these products—sugar, cooking oil, canned fruits, cleaning products, etc. often strolls across the land borders into Paraguay and Brazil where they are sold at competitive market prices.

Argentina’s new law of clamping down supply-side control echoes Venezuela’s 2011 “Fair Price and Cost Law”, which instead of reigning in inflation has reduced the Bolivarian state to the continent’s preeminent example of failure.

Throngs of Venezuelans now line up around the block for days to buy single-ply toilet paper at a “fair” price. Argentina is not far behind.

This isn’t even about the country being “leftist” or “socialist”.

What has destroyed the country is not the high taxes or government waste (although that certainly doesn’t help). Argentina shoots itself in the foot by passing laws that call into question legal certainty and basic property rights.

All of this exacerbates unquantifiable country risk and the inability for businesses and individuals to plan ahead—in any environment.

If you think Argentina is an aberration, think again.

Just as Argentina used to be one of the richest places in the world and Buenos Aires competed with New York for the brightest and most talented minds on the planet, many Western countries are going down the same road.

They create absurd and confiscatory tax systems and regulations. They condemn companies who have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders – not governments – and follow THEIR OWN LAWS to legally minimize their tax obligations.

The seize, steal, kill and regulate every aspect of our private and economic lives. And they even have to resort to such comical measures as in Europe where they now count illegal activities such as spending on drugs and prostitutes as part of the GDP to maintain the illusion of economic growth.

All this uncertainty pushes people and businesses out the door. No one wants to deal with long-term stability issues when the next debt-ceiling debacle is always just around the corner, and when you have to look out for any number of three-letter agencies to reprimand you for doing business.

Argentina is a sign of things to come. Are you willing to wait for when your government decides that your profits are too high?

Until tomorrow,
Simon Black
Senior Editor,

Microsoft presents new approach to keep cloud data secure –


Researchers at Microsoft have developed a new approach to keep critical data and applications secure in the cloud. They’re calling it “Haven,” Tech World reports.

Haven works by cordoning off data and applications in memory away from the underlying infrastructure. It employs a technique called “shielded execution,” which protects the program and associated data from the platform on which they run, including the cloud provider’s operating system, administrative software, firmware and any other software supporting the application.

Haven will also provide extra protection not offered by existing techniques. It runs on commodity operating systems and works with any legacy application, say Microsoft researchers Andrew Baumann, Marcus Peinado and Galen Hunt who presented the approach at the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation in the US state of Colorado last week.

The approach exploits two new technologies: Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX), a set of CPU instructions for setting aside private areas in memory, and Microsoft’s own Drawbridge technology, an experimental virtual container that can offer secure sandboxing of applications. Using the processor as a part of the security setup has met with approval from other security professionals.

The added security will help increase cloud adoption, say the researchers, by helping enterprises feel more comfortable using the cloud for mission-essential data and applications.

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Map-D, a startup headquartered in San Francisco, has raised $1.5 million


Map-D, a data analytics visualization startup headquartered in San Francisco, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, Nvidia, and some unnamed angel investors.

Map-D has created a platform that can query, analyze and visualize billions of data points in milliseconds to support graphics-intensive maps, charts, and other big data visualizations.

Created in 2013 as a solution to visualize large amounts of Twitter data in the Middle East, Map-D will use the funding to back product development and a commercial release later this year

Checkr, a startup, has raised $9 million


Checkr, a startup that provides background checks for potential hires, has raised $9 million in a Series A round led by Accel Partners with participation from Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, Data Collective and Google Ventures along with a handful of angel investors.

Checkr has built a platform that connects to companies’ hiring systems to automatically run background checks and deliver reports as an API in two days or less.
An August Y Combinator grad, Checkr currently runs more than 500 reports per day and will use the new cash to drive U.S. expansion

Loggly, headquartered in San Francisco, has raised $15 million


in a Series C round led by Harmony Partners with participation from existing investors Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, Cisco, Data Collective and True Ventures.

Loggly helps enterprise customers isolate and solve operational problems faster by simplifying log management in the cloud.

Founded in 2009, Loggly has raised nearly $34 million to date and will use the new financing to scale and back the release of new product capabilities in the coming months.

How City Regulations May Steal One Little Girl’s Present From the Make-A-Wish Foundation


We assume that everyone, including government officials, exercise common sense when making decisions. Maybe not.

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John Oliver Video Explains How Police Can Sadly…Legally Seize Your Property without Any Cause at Anytime


What started off as a measure to hurt drug kingpins and their criminal empires by confiscation of their property has morphed into an often abused law enforcement tactic that harms blameless citizens.

Positivity breeds positivity, It’s how you ask the question


“Preacher, preacher can I smoke while I’m praying?” Answer: no. “Preacher, preacher can I pray whilst I’m smoking?” Answer: Of course you can…

It’s HOW the question is phrased, not necessarily the question itself.

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New Broadcom Ethernet switch chip first to offer 3.2Tbps & 25GbE in every channel


Broadcom Corp. launched a new set of Ethernet switch chips with two-and-a-half times the throughput of its Trident II chips and a deeper level of programmability for SDN cloud environments.

The new StrataXGS Tomahawk chips ratchet up the already heated competition in the network switch chip market, which barely even existed a few years ago when network hardware vendors simply used proprietary ASICs.

In recent weeks Cavium, unveiled its Xpliant switch chips, which upped the ante on both throughput and chip programmability. Meanwhile, this year Intel has reworked its x86 processors to handle virtual network loads and developed new Ethernet switch silicon.

The network switching race is centered on both speed a new level of programmability that supports automation and dynamic provisioning in cloud networks. Broadcom was the first merchant silicon provider to address both of these needs with its Trident II chips, which can now be found in many large enterprise data center network switches.

The new Tomahawk Ethernet switch chips are not meant to replace the Trident II chips. Instead they aim for the cloud with higher throughput that both matches Cavium’s Xpliant chips and far surpasses the Trident II
Broadcom’s new Tomahawk Ethernet chips offer super speed, switch-level packet flow analytics and dynamic policy control to enhance cloud network performance, but they’ve got plenty of competition.

The new chips deliver up to 3.2 Tbps of switching capacity and are the first to enable 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity at every port. Tomahawk chips can support switches with 32 ports of 100 GbE, 64 ports of 40 or 50GbE or 128 ports of 25 Gbe. Broadcom is part of a consortium of vendors developing 25 and 50 GbE technology and pushing the IEEE to consider new Ethernet standards.

“Today, if you look at top-of-rack switches based on 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet, we’ve maxed out front panel density on a 1U switch. You can get between 32 and 36 QSFP ports in the front panel of a 1U switch, so if we stick with 10 gigabit data planes, we are stuck,” said Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group. “Broadcom is enabling you to move each lane port from 10 gigabits per lane to 25 gigabits per lane, which is 2.5 times the bandwidth out of that same 1U switch.”

With Android L, Google means business…


By focusing on two key areas — security and a wholly integrated hardware-software ecosystem — Google will elevate its Android platform into an enterprise-class contender against iOS.