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Network Infrastructure

Network Infrastructure : A network infrastructure is an interconnected group of computer systems linked by the various parts of a telecommunications architecture. Specifically, this infrastructure refers to the organization of its various parts and their configuration - from individual networked computers to routers, cables, wireless access points, switches, backbones, network protocols, and network access methodologies. Infrastructures can be either open or closed, such as the open architecture of the Internet or the closed architecture of a private intranet. They can operate over wired or wireless network connections, or a combination of both. (Source: www.wisegeek.com)

2000 Times Faster Broadband?


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Scientists at Bangor University in North Wales are working on a three-year project dubbed ‘Ocean’ in order to see if they can create broadband speeds of up to 2000 times faster than those today, using existing fibre optic cables. So far the researchers have managed to cram 20GB of data per second down cable and hope to make the project "commercially viable” by the time the project comes to an end. However, as more and more cable is laid around the UK and cables become longer, ...   read more

BT Quizzed Over Investment Shortfall


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MPs yesterday demanded some answers from BT over why the telecoms giant has reduced its investment into the UK’s subsidised broadband deployment. The news comes amid claims that rival companies dropped out of the bidding for projects around the UK, following rules being "set and altered in ways that favoured BT” and TalkTalk boss Dido Harding added that subsidies and "slack regulations” are conspiring to help BT rebuild a monopoly. "There was no way we could join in th ...   read more

BT: London 2012 Most Connected Games Ever


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As the 2012 Olympic Games swiftly approach, BT has detailed some of the challenges that they and others involved in the technology side of the Games have faced over the past four years. The communications company will be providing telephone and data connections to Olympic venues, as well as the athlete’s village and Olympic Park. BT said that London 2012 will be "the most connected games ever” and that they have done everything they can to ensure that the infrastructure is in pl ...   read more

Cloud Still a Small Part of IT Spending, Reports Gartner


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According to new research from Gartner, whilst the use of cloud is growing faster than the rest of the enterprise technology market, it still only represents a small part overall enterprise spending. The results are the findings of a recent survey carried out by the research house, which found that just 38% of firms use cloud services at the moment. However, 80% of those asked said that they intend to use the cloud within the next 12 months. The survey asked 651 organi ...   read more

German Chancellor Suggests Cordoning Off EU Internet


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Angela Merkel has suggested to the German nation that Europe should have its own "portion of the internet” in the wake of the revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The plan, in theory, would mean that European data would remain in the EU and not be routed across the Atlantic. However, the suggestion has come in for some criticism as it’s thought that Ms Merkel is exaggerating how much data goes through the US. According to Alan Mauldin, talking to the BBC, most of the d ...   read more

HP 'simplifies' migration to virtualized environments


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Hewlett-Packard (HP) claims that businesses need access to simpler networking infrastructure that is both scalable and flexible. The firm's FlexNetwork architecture aims to keep pace with global demands for increased IT flexibility by leveraging the key benefits of both virtualization and smartphone technology. Placeholder0At the core of the new offering is scalability, which is becoming increasingly important as more people connect to their companies' networks via mobi ...   read more

MI5 Cyber-attack Warning


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MI5 chief Jonathon Evans has warned that UK internet vulnerabilities are allowing for an "astonishing” level of cyber-attacks on British industry. He said in a speech on Monday evening that these weaknesses were being taken advantage of by both cyber criminals and states alike. Last year, the MOD said that they had investigated more than1000 attacks on th ...   read more

Microsoft Extend Support for Windows Server 2008


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Microsoft has announced that it will extend support for Windows Server 2008, which was due to end in the middle of next year, until 2015. The support will "transition” from mainstream to extended support in line with the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy for business and developer products. This gives some tech departments a little more breathing space when it comes to upgrading to Windows Server 2012 and/or migration to the cloud, something which is gathering pace in terms of ...   read more

Mobile working is a top priority for business, claims IDC


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The integration of mobile devices - including smartphones and tablets - has become a top priority for businesses, according to IT analyst IDC. The organisation claims that so-called 'bring your own device' initiatives are becoming commonplace across the world of business - not just in IT departments.Rohit Mehra, director of enterprise communications infrastructure at IDC, said that demand for wireless local area network (WLAN) solutions was rising as businesses adopt a more inclusive att ...   read more

Network Budgets on the rise- likely to surge by 8.7% in 2012


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Mobile Technologies, Video and Cloud Computing to increase Network budget by 8.7% in 2012, says a fresh study at IDC. The latest study by IDC, has found that the year 2012, will commence with major spending on networking equipment and infrastructure across market segments. Three new technologies-- Mobile Technology in the Enterprises, exponential rate of Video Consumption and read more

New Virus Attacks Energy Sector


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A new virus, dubbed Shamoon, has been discovered by security experts which targets the infrastructure of the energy sector. As opposed to Stuqnex, the virus doesn't target an actual nuclear plant’s machinery, but wipes important files from infected computers and overwrites the master boot record, rendering the machine useless. Shamoon is so far known to have affected "at least one organisation in the sector”, according to the BBC. They also report that Saudi Arabia’s national ...   read more

Three top mobile broadband tests


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A recent study into mobile broadband has found that out of the 37 tasks that were performed on a special ‘road trip’, Three performed the best, with EE coming in at second place. The road trip test is carried out each year by UK broadband comparison site Broadband Genie   read more

US Boost Cyber Defences


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The Pentagon is planning to substantially increase its Cyber Command department, which currently employs around 900 people, to protect the US infrastructure and "exert dominance over the digital battlefield”. It’s thought that the staffing increase will amount to around 4000 and will begin later this year and early next year. The US have been vocal recently on the threat of cyberattacks and yesterday, William Lynn, a former deputy defence secretary, said that there’s little dou ...   read more

Vodafone To Launch TV And Broadband Services


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The UK mobile network operator Vodafone has announced that it will be launching broadband and TV services in spring 2015. Vodafone shares jumped up by more than 5.5% after the announcement, which included the news that its full year core earnings forecast was between £11.6bn and £11.9 bn. The mobile network giant will use its BT infrastructure and business fibre network to ...   read more

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