D-Link in Pluribus-powered white box play to target enterprise sales

Netvisor gets a crack at the consumer and SME channel in new 54-port switch

D-Link has decided that white-box open networking might just be its ticket out of the consumer and small business ghettos, and into the rich enterprise market.

To that effect, the outfit has linked up with Pluribus, meaning its newly-launched DXS-5000 switch is certified to run Pluribus' Netvisor network operating system.

The product pair will ship together, as a turnkey open networking system, along the way giving Pluribus access to a mass-market channel.

D-Link has chosen the DXS-5000 to take it from 10 Gbps ports to 40 Gbps (there are six 40 Gbps ports as well as 48 at 10 Gbps), a pitch to data centre leaf-spine and top-of-rack applications in addition to campus core applications.

The Open Network Install Environment supports multiple network operating system installs, and was contributed to the Open Compute Project by Cumulus Networks back in 2013.

Netvisor provides the Layer 2/3 foundation with support for VXLAN, embedded telemetry, and support for Pluribus' Adaptive Cloud Fabric (ACF).

DXS-5000 customers have a choice of Netvisor 2.6 licences: either an Enterprise licence with Layer 2/3 services, or the Fabric version which includes ACF and telemetry.

ACF is a peer-to-peer SDN fabric that presents multiple switches as a single operating domain without proprietary protocols or SDN controllers. ®

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Santa's sack is bulging with browsers: Vivaldi 5.0 arrives full of festive cheer

Keeping one's privates private

"I don't think we have any business with collecting information about what people are doing," Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner told The Register as its eponymous browser pushed out a major version update today.

The latest increment includes new themes and translations, although we put it to von Tetzchner that perhaps there wasn't an awful lot in the there to justify the jump to version 5. As one would expect, he disagreed.

"If you look at the desktop side," he said, "let's start with the translate panel… we have our own translation hardware, which we are hosting in Iceland. I think that's a big deal."

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Co-Operative Bank today 'terminated' Capita's outsourcing contract years before it was due to expire

Services ops for mortgages to go back in-house, says High Street lender, can't say how many to TUPE across

Co-Operative Bank is terminating its outsourcing contract with Capita years ahead of schedule and is planning to TUPE across staff to provision services in-house again, ending what at times was a fractious relationship.

A six-year agreement for Capita to run the Bank's mortgage services operation was signed in 2015 worth £325m, it included handling customer queries and applications and mortgage maturity, as well as digitising processes.

Yet the following year the companies fell out, with Co-Operative Bank threatening litigation over alleged failings regarding digital transformation service delivery.

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UK data watchdog fines government office for disclosing New Year's gong list

New IT systems set up incorrectly, published CSV files which included names, addresses

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined the Cabinet Office because it failed to put appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of recipients of New Year's honours.

Twice a year, the government dishes out a mixed bag of honours – knighthood and Order of the Bath etc. – to a list of people deemed worthy.

The ICO has now fined the Cabinet Office – the unit that works across government departments on behalf of the prime minister – £500,000 for the unauthorised disclosure of people's information, which is a breach of data protection law, during the 27 December 2019 gong bonanza.

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SiFive's latest top-end RISC-V CPU core supports proper virtualization in hardware

Hypervisor extension implemented in P650 processor engine that's stalking Arm's Cortex family

SiFive's latest flagship RISC-V CPU will be revealed today – and we're told it will sport proper virtualization support in hardware.

The Performance P650 was teased in October, and follows the P550 unveiled in June.

The P650 is offered as an application core you can license to drop into your system-on-chip, and run Linux and other OSes on it.

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What a bunch of bricks: Crooks knock hole in toyshop wall, flee with €35k Lego haul

Police still trying to piece everything together

Christmas was (probably not) ruined for several German children yesterday after thieves bust through a toyshop wall in Lippstadt and escaped with dozens of Lego sets said to be worth a total of €35,000.

Despite the "picture of devastation" and metre-wide opening left in the wall, investigators are struggling to piece everything together.

"The hole was right at the end of the Lego section. They must have jumped in here and then proceeded very specifically," Jana Schumacher, manager of the Toys World store, told Der Spiegel (auf Deutsch).

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Specs appeal: Qualcomm and Meta insist headgear to plug you into the metaverse will 'supersede mobile'

'You're on the go, you take it with you, it's always contextually relevant, you don't have to take it out of your pocket'

Snapdragon Tech Summit What's the next hot thing after mobile? Qualcomm and Meta execs believe it's the metaverse, and some type of headgear providing context so you don't have to pull a device out of your pocket.

"Augmented reality is the thing that ultimately will supersede mobile," claimed Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth in conversation with Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon.

The conversation was shown as happening between cartoon versions of the executives in a metaverse meeting room. The exchange was shown on screen during Amon's keynote at the Snapdragon Tech Summit being held in Hawaii.

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Computers cost money. We only make them more expensive by trying to manage them ourselves

And that's bad for your customers – who else is gonna ultimately pay for it?

Register Debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you the reader choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday. During the week you can cast your vote on which side you support using the poll embedded below, choosing whether you're in favour or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday, revealing whether the for or against argument was most popular.

This week's motion is: Renting hardware on a subscription basis is bad for customers.

Call it leasing, equipment rental, or hardware as a service, the idea of NOT owning your computing devices has been around for years. However, many individuals and corporations have been distinctly ambivalent about the idea, feeling that the benefits tend to flow to the suppliers, and most of all, the financers.

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Nextcloud boss: You gotta fight … for your right … to 'plug into Windows and offer the exact same service'

It's the browser wars all over again – but this time it's cloud storage

Interview It is a fine balancing act when a small business very publicly criticises a much larger one upon whose products it relies – yet that is the David-versus-Goliath standoff happening in a corner of the cloud industry.

This week self-hosted productivity platform Nextcloud fired off an antitrust complaint to the EU concerning Microsoft's bundling of OneDrive with Windows.

Nextcloud worries that users might be lured toward the Microsoft 365 cloud without considering alternatives – it's commercial logic. And CEO Frank Karlitschek is trying to take action to level the playing field, amid the dominance of US tech giants and fears of retaliation.

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New UK product security law won't be undercut by rogue traders upping and vanishing, government boasts

El Reg asks about phoenixing – but will answer convince world+dog?

Britain's plans to force internet-connected device vendors to declare legally binding product lifespans won't be easily evaded by shell companies, the government has told The Register.

After the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Bill was introduced to Parliament last week, some questioned whether the legislation would prevent unscrupulous manufacturers and importers from avoiding legal liability by setting up shell companies.

The proposed new law will, so government spokespeople say, make manufacturers, importers, and vendors declare what a product's supported lifespan is to consumers at the point of purchase. In effect this means anyone involved in consumer internet gadget supply chains is offering a form of product support warranty.

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European Cybercrime Centre confident it's kicked credit card crims – again

Poised to reveal similar haul to 2020's €40M loss prevention total

The European Cybercrime Centre has again acted against credit card fraud and is poised to reveal success on a similar scale to its 2020 campaign that prevented €40 million of losses.

Jorge Rosal Cosano, a team leader at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), today told CyberCrimeCon 21 – an event convened by threat-hunting and security software company Group-IB – that 2021 has seen an increase in denial-of-service attacks accompanied by ransom demands. Another very 2021 attack is phishing that fakes messages from parcel delivery firms.

Credit card fraud has also persisted, with crims conducting ongoing campaigns to acquire card numbers and use them to make unauthorised purchases. Cosano related how EC3 resolved to reduce the impact of carding by trying to find card numbers before they're used so the Centre can inform banks and victims as soon as possible.

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China to create workers' paradise for ride share drivers

Communist China (belatedly) recognises that drivers are people who need food, sleep, bathrooms, and unions

China's Ministry of Transport, along with eight other agencies, has issued an edict that demands working conditions ride share operators provide for drivers must improve.

The main thrust of the new document, titled "Opinions to Strengthen the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Workers in the New Mode of Transportation", is for operators to become more transparent and humane.

Transparency will be achieved by offering more and more detailed information on pricing rules and how people get paid. Drivers must be be given more info about each ride before they accept.

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