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Cisco strengthens China operations with Inspur joint venture

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Cisco Systems is to form a joint venture with Chinese server maker Inspur, selling networking and cloud computing products in China. Cisco and Inspur will jointly invest $100 million in the project.

Nokia eyes the cloud infrastructure market with OpenStack, VMware-based servers

Nokia is offering up its own blade servers to the telco world

Nokia Networks revealed its AirFrame datacentre solutions this week, high-density blade servers running a combination of OpenStack and VMware software and designed to support Nokia’s virtualised network services for telcos.

Amazon confirms Israeli chip startup acquisition

Amazon has acquried Annapurna Labs, an Israeli networking chip maker

Amazon confirmed that it has agreed to purchase Annapurna Labs, an Israeli firm specialising in microprocessors for server systems.

Metaswitch unveils open source NFV project Calico to bolster cloud datacentres

Project Calico said the code will help secure and speed up connections between virtual machines on networks

Networking technology vendor Metaswitch Networks announced the formation of Project Calico, which will focus on developing an open source networking virtualisation solution it claims will help enable the implementation of large, cloud datacentre infrastructures as IP-based starts to account for the majority of network traffic.

Google, Arista, Microsoft release cloud-centric Ethernet standards

The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, which consists of some of the world's largest networking and cloud companies, have released a specification that optimises the Ethernet standard for internal datacentre traffic

A consortium of networking and cloud computing firms including Google, Broadcom, Arista Networks and Microsoft announced the availability of a specification optimised to allow datacentre networks to run over a 25 or 50 Gbps Ethernet link protocol. The companies claim the standard will enable more cost-efficient networking and better support the performance requirements of cloud services.

Infoblox adds private cloud automation but faces SDN disruption

Infoblox added private cloud support for its network automation tools, but how long will the market for these standalone solutions last?

Network automation control company Infoblox announced Monday that the company has added support for a wide range of private cloud platforms to its DNS, DHCP and IP addresses management solution. The company claims “widest range of supported platforms” among a growing contingent of competitors. But with these features slowly making their way into the orchestration layer, are the days of these kinds of solutions numbered?

Exponential-e appoints new chief technologist and cloud evangelist

Steven Harrison, lead technologist and cloud evangelist at Exponential-e

Cloud, networking and colocation service provider Exponential-e appointed Steven Harrison as lead technologist this week. The company said Harrison, who also serves as cloud evangelist, plans to lead the charge as its pushes further into the cloud space.

NTT Com acquires cloud provider Virtela in NFV play

NTT Com acquires Virtela for $525M. The company says NFV played a key role in the acquisition

Japanese business services firm NTT Com said Monday that it has struck a deal to acquire cloud services provider Virtela Technology Services (Virtela) for $525m. The company said Virtela’s network virtualisation platform will help NTT Com offer more competitive services to its global customers.

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