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5G networks advance in U.S. with expanded trials

In recent telecom news, the subject is 5G networks almost all the time, whether that means fixed broadband 5G mobile services trials. Telecom operators and equipment vendors have almost daily updates about 5G trials and rollout plans. AT&T and Verizon 5G have recently announced more specifics about their paths to 5G services in the U.S.

Beyond next-generation wireless, public Wi-Fi networks will get shored-up security with the release of the new WPA3 standard later this year. And on the subject of security, Verizon recently acquired a threat detection startup that uses machine learning to detect compromised equipment within an organization.

Here’s a closer look at the details.

Operators move forward on 5G networks

Verizon plans to launch 5G fixed wireless service in three to five cities later this year, but the launch is only “one slice” of its broad 5G and overall network plans, Verizon CTO Hans Vestberg said at a recent investor relations event. 

The 5G networks economics of Verizon’s fixed broadband service are good because the company is planning to move from operating seven vertical networks to one horizontal network that will work with a unified core, transport and fiber transport. Vestberg said Verizon will deploy an intelligent edge network that will be able to serve a particular customer whether the customer is on Verizon’s FiOS fiber service or its wireless LTE network. That will make the economics of Verizon’s 5G fixed broadband services better because most of the 5G network assets will be shared, Vestberg said.

The network evolution at Verizon will take years to complete, but it will be a major part of how Verizon reaches its target of saving $10 billion over the next four years, Vestberg added.

Looking toward 5G mobile services, AT&T plans to launch what it describes as mobile 5G services this year in 12 U.S. cities by using small cells deployed closer to the ground than the radios that support LTE placed at the top of towers. According to RCRWireless, AT&T’s first round of mobile 5G will use millimeter wave spectrum (between 30 GHz and 300 GHz) that offers higher capacity rates than low-band spectrum doesn’t propagate over long distances, so the radios need to be closer together than in LTE deployments. AT&T’s VP of network architecture Hank Kafka said millimeter wave can be placed on telephone poles, building rooftops or on towers but at a lower height than a macrocell because of the propagation characteristics. Out of 23 cities slated to receive AT&T’s 5G Evolution infrastructure — described as a foundation to AT&T’s evolution to full 5G while 5G standards are being finalized — AT&T hasn’t specified which cities will roll out the mobile services this year. Kafka said the rollouts will require significant zoning and permit negotiations.

Wi-Fi security upgrade incoming in 2018

Wi-Fi security is getting a long-awaited upgrade in 2018 later this year. The Wi-Fi Alliance recently announced plans for WPA3, a new security standard that will replace WPA2, a security protocol almost two decades old that is built in to protect almost every wireless device.

According to ZDNet, the move to WPA3 will make open Wi-Fi networks found in places like airports and coffee shops safer by applying individualized data encryption that will scramble the connection between each device and the router. The security will also block an attacker after excessive failed password guesses.

Verizon acquires autonomous threat detection startup

Verizon recently acquired Niddel, an autonomous threat detection service company that uses machine-learning to detect compromised or infected devices inside an organization. The acquisition price of the company was not disclosed. Founded in 2014, the company’s primary product, Niddel Magnet, is a subscription-based automated service that reduces the need for organizations to hire qualified security analysts when dealing with compromised machines.

According to TechCrunch (a publication owned by Verizon), Niddel uses a variety of information from more than 50 internal and external sources to track security threats that could affect machines in customer organizations.

“Using machine learning to improve information accuracy significantly reduces false positives and significantly improves our detection and response capabilities,” Alexander Schlager, Verizon’s executive director of security services, said in a statement. Verizon has said it will look to incorporate this Niddel’s technology into Verizon products and services in the coming months.

For Sale – X99 Mobo, CPU, DDR4, NZXT AIO

Due to an upgrade I have the following available –

UPDATE

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5930k
Asus X99-A II Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 corsair dominator plat ram

For Sale –

NZXT X52 – bought from overclockers 12th August for a threadripper build – £100

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For Sale – X99 Mobo, CPU, DDR4, NZXT AIO

Due to an upgrade I have the following available –

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Asus X99-A II Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 corsair dominator plat ram

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NZXT X52 – bought from overclockers 12th August for a threadripper build – £100

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For Sale – X99 Mobo, CPU, DDR4, NZXT AIO

Due to an upgrade I have the following available –

UPDATE

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5930k
Asus X99-A II Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 corsair dominator plat ram

For Sale –

NZXT X52 – bought from overclockers 12th August for a threadripper build – £100

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For Sale – X99 Mobo, CPU, DDR4, NZXT AIO

Due to an upgrade I have the following available –

UPDATE

Sold subject to RMA return –
5930k
Asus X99-A II Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
2 x 8GB DDR4 2666 corsair dominator plat ram

For Sale –
2 x 8GB Sticks of DDR4 – Corsair Platinum RAM PC4-213000C15 2666MHz – £60 each
NZXT X52 – bought from overclockers 12th August for a threadripper build – £100

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For Sale – X99 Mobo, CPU, DDR4, NZXT AIO

Due to an upgrade I have the following available –

UPDATE

Sold subject to RMA return –
5930k
Asus X99-A II Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
2 x 8GB DDR4 2666 corsair dominator plat ram

For Sale –
2 x 8GB Sticks of DDR4 – Corsair Platinum RAM PC4-213000C15 2666MHz – £60 each
NZXT X52 – bought from overclockers 12th August for a threadripper build – £100

Price and currency: Various
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For Sale – X99 Mobo, CPU, DDR4, NZXT AIO

Due to an upgrade I have the following available –

UPDATE

Sold subject to RMA return –
5930k
Asus X99-A II Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
2 x 8GB DDR4 2666 corsair dominator plat ram

For Sale –
2 x 8GB Sticks of DDR4 – Corsair Platinum RAM PC4-213000C15 2666MHz – £60 each
NZXT X52 – bought from overclockers 12th August for a threadripper build – £100

Price and currency: Various
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Location: GLASTONBURY
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For Sale – Intel Core i5 4670K Chip – Sealed in retail packaging

Now sold subject to payment after delivery as agreed.

Intel Core i5 4670K Quad Core Retail CPU (Socket 1150, 3.40GHz, 6MB, Haswell, 84W, Intel Graphics, BX80646I74770, 4th Generation Intel Core, Turbo Boost

Link to product details https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CO8TBOW

Purchased in 2013 and never used. Costa Rica model on the box fyi as some seem to think they OC better for whatever reason.

It is unused and still in the sealed retail box (with intel seals intact) with the supplied Intel cooler inside.

Price and currency: £100 (included RMSD in the price)
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Network redundancy design does not always equal resiliency

Network redundancy design isn’t everything, according to Ivan Pepelnjak, who tackles the subject of whether redundancy equals resiliency in an IPSpace post. His conclusion: Full redundancy doesn’t necessarily result in greater resiliency, but network redundancy design can help decrease the probability of a failure occurring.

Many companies have adopted site reliability engineers, a term that Pepelnjak suggests is becoming watered down. In some cases, these engineers sometimes trigger unanticipated failures — either manually or automatically — through mistaken actions intended to shore up redundancy. What’s more, statistics suggest that added redundancy decreases availability during “gray failure” events, when components’ performance may only be subtly degraded.

“In reality, we keep heaping layers of leaky abstractions and ever-more-convoluted kludges on top of each other until the whole thing comes crashing down resulting in days of downtime,” Pepelnjak said, adding that Vint Cerf may have said it best in a recent article, when he wrote that, when it comes to network redundancy design, “We’re facing a brittle and fragile future.”

Read more of Pepelnjak’s thoughts on network redundancy design. 

WLAN design with iBwave

Lee Badman, blogging in Wirednot, shared his assessment of the new IBwave R9 software for WLAN design. Badman identified pre-existing features with earlier versions of the software that he liked, among them 3D modeling of the WLAN environment, modeling for inclined surfaces and synchronization with the cloud for survey projects. The software package also included a mobile app and a viewer for customers to gain insight on the design team’s viewpoint, without requiring the purchase of the IBwave software.

In the new version of the IBwave design suite, the software offers an improved user interface and the ability to institute coverage exclusion zones, as well as interoperating with software-defined radios. Badman praised the software’s inclusion of smart antenna contouring, which allows users to manipulate simulated access points to determine signal strength once a floor plan is known. Additionally, IBwave includes auto cable routing, a feature that maps cables virtually after a cable tray and router location are placed.

Dig deeper into Badman’s thoughts on IBwave for WLAN design.

Adding a secure management plane in the cloud

Jon Oltsik, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., sees many cases of cybersecurity professionals installing management servers on their networks to avoid disruptive change. “Given the history of cybersecurity, this behavior is certainly understandable — I control what happens on my own network but have almost no oversight what takes place on Amazon Web Services, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. Yup, there’s a lot of history and dogma here, but I believe it’s time for CISOs to reconsider,” he said.

Oltsik recommends a secure cloud-based management plane because of reduced costs, more rapid product upgrades and more rapid evolution and rollout of products. He also sees security operations and analytics platform architecture being deployed more rapidly through cloud-based management planes. To gain control, Oltsik recommends that buyers request standard documented APIs from vendors so that users have a say over when and how much data to ingest. “The benefits of moving to a cloud-based security management model speak for themselves. Given this, old school CISOs should think long and hard about maintaining the status quo,” Oltsik added.

Explore more of Oltsik’s thoughts on a secure cloud-based management plane.

For Sale – Zotac Amp Extreme 980Ti and TrackIR 5

Both sold subject to payment

I’ve just received my replacement 1080TI so this is up for grabs. Never oc’d and boxed. I’ll add some pics when I get it out of the PC.

I think I’ve priced them fairly, but feel free to make an offer

Boxed Zotac Amp Extreme 980TI -£320

Boxed TrackIR with cap clip, replacement headset from ebay that uses batteries, and the original track clip pro (held together with insulating tape !) – £110

Price and currency: £430
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Location: Consett, Uk
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