• Norway leaves door open to Huawei

    The Norwegian government’s decision not to implement an outright ban on the use of 5G equipment supplied by Huawei has left the door open for the Chinese company to pursue non-core 5G network opportunities in Norway.

    This shifts decision-making on contracts and partnerships concerning the purchase and deployment of Huawei technologies to the boardrooms of individual telecom companies.

    But the government’s resolution, broadly welcomed by industry chiefs within the telecom and mobile communications domain, is proving unpopular in Washington.

    The Trump administration has actively lobbied Nordic governments not to do business with Huawei on the basis that technologies embedded

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  • Red Hat rivals VMware and Nutanix with hyper-converged OCS 4.5

    Red Hat’s offer around OpenShift has never come as close to those of Nutanix and VMware as it does now.

    With the release of OCS 4.5, it can present virtual machines, containers and storage, and allow them to be administered from the same interface in hyper-converged infrastructure fashion.

    OCS is OpenShift Container Platform, which is an implementation of OpenShift with Ceph storage as its back end. New OCS 4.5 functionality adds to that in July’s version 4.5 of Red Hat’s OpenShift Kubernetes distribution, and allows it to rival vSphere 7 Tanzu and AOS from Nutanix with the Karbon extension.

    The

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  • Threat actors becoming vastly more sophisticated

    Whether organised cyber criminal gangs or state-backed or -affiliated advanced persistent threat (APT) groups, threat actors have vastly increased their sophistication in the past 12 months, incorporating an arsenal of new techniques that makes spotting their attacks tougher and tougher for even the most hardened of defenders.

    This is according to a new annual report released today by Microsoft, the Digital defense report, exploring some of the most pertinent cyber security trends of the past year.

    “Given the leap in attack sophistication in the past year, it is more important than ever that we take steps to establish new

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  • Microsoft aims to sharpen edge, 5G deployment with Azure for Operators

    In what the company says starts a new chapter in its engagement with the telecommunications industry to address the requirements of rolling out 5G, unlocking the power of such networks and bringing cloud and edge closer than ever, Microsoft has launched the Azure for Operators initiative.

    Explaining the rationale for the new initiative, Microsoft says that in developing next-generation networks and services operators will face strong challenges, including high capital expenditure (CapEx) investments, an increased need for scale, automation, and secure management of the massive volume of data it will generate.

    Furthermore, it sees the increasing demand for always-on connectivity,

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  • Data protection in the cloud era

    Since the late 1980s, RAID has been a fundamental method of data protection. But RAID arose in a world of SAN and NAS in hardware array products. Now the cloud and technologies such as object storage are in the ascendant and they are predominantly protected not by RAID, but by erasure coding.

    Erasure coding promises to do away with the kind of lengthy rebuild times that come with large drive sizes and RAID. So, is erasure coding a potential replacement for RAID? We look at the pros and cons of erasure coding.

    RAID recap

    RAID virtualises multiple disks to form

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  • Julian Assange would be held in ‘solitary confinement’ in US jail

    Julian Assange would be held under conditions equivalent to solitary confinement if extradited to the US, a court heard today.

    Yancey Ellis, a lawyer and former public defender, told the court that Assange would be held in a cell for 22 to 23 hours a day without contact with other inmates.

    Giving evidence on the 14th day of an extradition hearing being held at the Old Bailey court, Ellis said that Assange was likely to be held at the Truesdale Adult Detention Centre in Alexandria in Virginia as he awaited trial.

    The 49-year-old founder of WikiLeaks would be detained

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