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Network Hardware News
October 08, 2014
As pioneer bare-metal switch vendors gain momentum, the networking industry is changing. Software and hardware vendors are innovating.
September 16, 2014
Cavium claims its programmable XPliant Ethernet chip can support new protocols via software updates without adding latency to the data plane.
September 11, 2014
Cisco's Connected Rail effort kicks off its strategy for an industrial Internet of Things, with a reference architecture for a network that can improve operations and passenger services for passenger and freight systems.
July 18, 2014
Half of networking devices are aging or obsolete, a new report says, as fallout from the recession continues to disrupt legacy network refresh cycles.
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In this Q&A, one network manager discusses how he's ripping out routers and replacing them with smart switches at sites with Ethernet WAN transport. Continue Reading
German magazine Der Spiegel has reported routers and firewalls from top vendors have NSA backdoor hacks. Network engineers must take action. Continue Reading
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Expert Carrie Higbie explains that top-of-rack switching may mean higher costs due to an oversubscription of ports that you don't need and can't use. Continue Reading
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