Another day, another acquisition. This time, it’s Data Gravity, another familiar face from Tech Field Day events. According to The Register, Data Gravity was rapidly shedding staff and costs and had almost shut down when it was sold. Now Ben Kepes reports that HyTrust has purchased the company.
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Zetta was an early Field Day supporter, presenting all the way back in 2010 at our first event at VMworld. Since then the company has had its ups and downs, and now seems to be “out”: It has been purchased by Arcserve, as reported by Ben Kepes.
Greg Ferro is correct about the misconceptions many people have about the human resources (HR) department at their company. Although the people in the HR department aren’t necessarily bad, their organizational mission is service to the company and the law, not service to the employees. They’re usually happy to help employees if it helps the company, but that’s about all they can do.
Justin Cohen outlines what he’s heard from Cisco about efforts to bring down internal silos, and the unprecedented collaboration between units now happening within the company. In their Digital Network Architecture, Cisco is focusing on intent and context as the pillars of moving toward a more intuitive and holistic view of the network from a business perspective.
As our computing becomes increasing mobile, it becomes proportionately harder to avoid the connectivity those devices bring. It becomes ever harder to be out of touch. Indeed, it seems to be a rite of passage of Twitter to let people know that you’ll be away from notifications while on vacation.
This alludes to something that is implicitly understood but rarely stated. Dealing with the notifications that come with mobility are in and of themselves work.
It’s the acquisition that seems like it’ll never close. Slowly but surely Broadcom is getting closer to officially buying Brocade. The latest hurdle was regulatory. Broadcom and the Federal Trade Commission finally came to an agreement that would allow the federal agency to allow the deal to go through. The agreement settles the issue of Broadcom supplying chips to, and now competing with, Cisco after the acquisition.
ASUS just launched the first sub-$100 NBASE-T adapter using Aquantia silicon. This adapter supports 100 Mbps “Fast Ethernet”, Gigabit Ethernet, 2.5 and 5 Gbps NBASE-T and regular 10GBASE-T. It will scale performance based on the port on the other end of the wire as well as the quality of that wire.
After attending Cisco Live US this year, Tom Hollingsworth saw signs of a very different Cisco. This change seems to come from the top down with the leadership of Chuck Robbins
At first, it looked like the CEO was headed down the same path as his predecessor John Chambers. But Tom sees their focus on software over hardware and a more hands on leadership style leading to big changes within this giant company.
Intel’s been having a tough go of it lately with some of their silicon. First their Atom SoCs were causing some Cisco gear to brick back in February. Now comes this news of issues with HyperThreading on Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs. This seems limited to a relatively specific workloads, but has a wide range of effected processors. Most desktop CPUs in the last couple years, and recent Xeon E3s are subject to the error.
Ars Technica published a look back at the rise and fall of Firewire.
Some highlights that jumped out to me: the connector was based on the original Game Boy connector, down to the pins. The original working name of the standard was ChefCat. Sony didn’t use the name “Firewire” in Japan because they thought it made Sony sound boring.