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Ethernet turns 50, but its voyage has only begun

With the tech world celebrating Ethernet's 50th anniversary this week, the technology is adapting to evolving network demands as varied as AI, distributed computing, and virtual reality.

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Extreme moves cloud-based network management to the edge

New releases include the ExtremeCloud Edge cloud management system, a power-efficient Wi-Fi 6E access point, and additions to Extreme’s Universal Switch series.

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Broadcom's new switching chip links GPUs, aims to boost AI networks

The new Jericho chip can connect up to 32,000 GPUs concurrently and promises shorter job completion times for AI workloads.

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What is a virtual network

Virtual networks are vital for cloud computing, and virtual LANs can transform networks

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Arista adds to its data-center switches

Arista adds 8 new switches aimed at offering customers network speed, density and performance options

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SONiC builds muscle for enterprise-network service in 2023

Startups Aviz Networks and Hedgehog lead commercial support and innovation for the open-source network operating system Software for Open Networking in the Cloud, hoping to attract large enterprises.

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Automation: How to streamline a network-wide switch upgrade

Automating an enterprise’s switch upgrade using Python and open-source tools saved time, money, and human errors compared to doing it manually.

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Extreme announces high-end Universal Switch, SD-WAN service

Extreme Networks has extended its Universal Switch family and added a SD-WAN subscription package aimed at offering customers more flexible enterprise networking options.

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What is a VLAN and how does it work?

Virtual LAN (VLAN) technology enables network architects to segment physical devices into logical subgroups for performance and security reasons

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Extreme Networks: Supply chain-woes, backlogs, higher prices

Extreme Networks Q3 financial results reveal double-digit revenue gains despite an increasing backlog of orders.

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Microsoft shifts SONiC development to the Linux Foundation

With the Linux Foundation in charge, Software for Open Networking in the Cloud could attract stronger enterprise interest for the open-source NOS.

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What is the Spanning Tree Protocol?

Spanning Tree optimizes Ethernet LAN traffic by eliminating loops and re-routing around disabled nodes

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Gartner: 5 ways to deal with network equipment shortages

With lead times as long as 400 days, enterprises need to start looking at alternative ways to get the network equipment they need.

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Rockport Networks debuts the “switchless” network

Billed as a drop-in replacement for Ethernet and InfiniBand cabling and switches, Rockport's switchless network relies on endpoint network cards.

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Juniper service provides AI-based network management

Juniper's Support Insights is a cloud-based service that analyzes device data to ID trouble spots, inventory networks, and more.

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4 questions that get the answers you need from IT vendors

It’s hard to set priorities for buying IT technology when vendors poorly explain what they do, how they do it, and what the concrete benefits are. Asking them these four questions can break the information logjam.

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Report: The chip shortage's next victim is data-center switching

Dell’Oro Group says robust data-center switch sales over the past year could foretell a looming shortage.