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Cisco announced the commercial availability of its Universal Small Cell (USC) 8000 Series Wi-Fi controller for large enterprises and venues. The controller is based on code from SpiderCloud, which incorporated its small cell technology as part of a partnership between the two vendors. The USC 8000 Series enables users to ensure that in-building Wi-Fi connectivity remains consistent on a large-scale basis, Cisco said. Some of the features include a controller that uses real-time coordination and distributed self-organizing network capabilities for up to 100 LTE/3G access points (APs). The APs can either be deployed as standalone units or as plug-in modules for the Cisco Aironet 3600/3700 AP. Vodafone Group, the first service provider to sell a USCC 8000-anchored mobile service, said the technology will enable it to "offer our enterprise customers a highly flexible small cell system that can be deployed rapidly and cost-effectively to enhance the quality of mobile and Wi-Fi coverage our customers rely on to run their businesses," according to Matt Beal, director of innovation and architecture.
Kemp introduces free version of virtual ADC
Kemp Technologies introduced a free version of its virtual LoadMaster application delivery controller (ADC). The product, geared to developers and open source technology users, is engineered for high availability and performance, Kemp said. "We are making application delivery technology even more accessible to the IT community with this free version of our flagship LoadMaster product," said Kemp CMO Peter Melerud in a statement. "We are looking forward to increased community engagement with this release and are happy to be able to contribute to the move to iterative application development models being adopted by organizations that are embracing DevOps principles."
OpenDNS uses data mining techniques to catch cybercriminals
OpenDNS, a San Francisco-based computer security service company, is in the process of testing a security system, NLPRank (Natural Language Processing Rank), that it contends can permit websites to respond more quickly to cybercrime attacks. The company offers a domain name system service for Internet service providers and organizations that's designed to block requests from Web browsers to sites that may be associated with cybercrime or spoof companies. The technology applies algorithms most commonly used in fields like bioinformatics and data mining to determine if a website looks suspicious. OpenDNS security researcher Jeremiah O'Connor said in an OpenDNS blog, "The way that attackers 'sell' a spear phishing attack is by spoofing a domain so that it looks like it comes from a legitimate company. After running detailed analytics on the data from these types of campaigns, I found that these domain names were predictable." NLP gathers a dictionary of popular and legitimate domain names used in spear phishing such as "java," "gmail" or "adobe" and compares it to a list of common English words used in targeted phishing campaigns such as "install," "update" and "download." OpenDNS didn't say when the technology would be available.
IBM purchases AlchemyAPI to expand Watson analytics
IBM said it acquired AlchemyAPI, a Denver-based developer of machine learning software. The deal comes as IBM is working on expanding its Watson cognitive computing system. AlchemyAPI specializes in application program interfaces (API) and so-called deep learning services and has a network of some 40,000 developers who are building apps for its platform. "They [AlchemyAPI] bring a very substantial development community and following," Steve Gold, vice president of IBM's Watson group, told Reuters. "Plus, they have a very talented group of technologists." No financial details were released.
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