Archive for January 29, 2020

EU Joins The UK In Giving Huawei Access To 5G Networks

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 29, 2020 by itnerd

It seems that despite the spying claims from the Germans, Huawei is apparently going to get some access to EU 5G networks. From the CBC:

The European Union unveiled security guidelines for next generation high-speed wireless networks that stop short of banning Huawei, in the latest setback for the United States’ campaign against the Chinese tech company.

The EU’s executive Commission on Wednesday outlined a set of strategic and technical measures aimed at reducing cybersecurity risks from fifth-generation, or 5G, mobile networks. The recommendations include blocking high-risk equipment suppliers from “critical and sensitive” parts of the network, including the core, which keeps track of data and authenticates smartphones on the network.

No companies were mentioned by name but the term “high risk” supplier was an obvious reference to Huawei, the world’s top maker of networking gear such as switches and antennas.

This is similar to what the UK did with Huawei yesterday. And it is likely to put even more pressure on Canada to make a decision on Huawei. Let’s see how fast that decision comes. And what that decision looks like.

EnGenius Launches Multi-Gig Networking Switches

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 29, 2020 by itnerd

EnGenius today expands their Cloud solution with multi-gigabit PoE++ switching to meet the demands of Wi-Fi 6 access points that support over 1 gigabit speeds, power devices that exceed 30 watts and appeal to upmarket customers.

The EnGenius Cloud multi-gig switches, ECW5212FP & ECW5212, are the first of many switches that will be released in 2020 to serve the ever-increasing demand of new technology in mid to large environments like student housing, condominiums, assisted living facilities, hotels & resorts. The devices will not only future-proof but further expand the capabilities of the company’s cloud-managed networking platform EnGenius Cloud.

The EnGenius ECW2512FP & ECW2512 are multi-gigabit L2+ networking switches will provide enterprise-class features for IT professionals who are interested in using a solution that simplifies network configuration and monitoring. With advanced management, the new EnGenius switch enhances network performance and provides peace of mind so companies can spend fewer resources on network management.

The multi-gigabit switches come with eight 2.5 gigabit ports that automatically detect the speed needed by the end device. Both switches by EnGenius support 120 Gbps switching capacity with the ECW2512FP supporting one of the latest PoE standards, 802.3bt for the growing demand of higher powered devices like Wi-Fi 6 wireless access points, AV controllers, PTZ Cameras, digital signage, and lighting. The new multi-gig switches also come with four 10 Gbps SFP+ slots that extend connectivity via fiber for uplinks, redundancy, and failover. The latest switches by EnGenius utilize the capabilities of the subscription-free EnGenius Cloud which includes; real-time system metrics, deep-dive analytics, network troubleshooting, and advanced view to display network topology with the devices and relationships.

Key EnGenius benefits include;

  • 2.5G Ports to serve high-bandwidth devices like Wi-Fi 6 access points
  • 10G Fiber ports to connect floors and buildings at extreme distances & speeds
  • 240 Watts of total budget for maximum power supply to PoE++ devices
  • Cloud managed to decreases administration time through remote management
    Port-based client authentication with dynamic VLAN and security through RADIUS server
  • Prioritize compliant VoIP & video traffic ensuring its immediate delivery.

The EnGenius ECW2512FP & ECW2512 are expected to hit the shelves next month. To learn more about the EnGenius Cloud solution and the latest hardware offerings that it supports, please visit https://www.engeniustech.com/engenius-cloud/overview-cloud-networking.

 

The Germans Say That Huawei Worked With Chinese Intelligence…. Huawei Says Nein!

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 29, 2020 by itnerd

Just a day after getting a win, Huawei is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. The German government is in possession of evidence that Huawei, the leading maker of telecoms network equipment, has collaborated with Chinese intelligence, the Handelsblatt daily reported on Wednesday. Something that the teclo gear maker denies:

Huawei [HWT.UL], the leading maker of telecoms network equipment, denied a newspaper report on Wednesday that alleged the German government was in possession of evidence that it had cooperated with Chinese intelligence.

“Huawei Technologies has never, and will never, do anything to compromise the security of networks and data of its customers,” the Chinese company said in response to the report in the Handelsblatt business daily.

“The Handelsblatt article repeats old, unfounded allegations without providing any concrete evidence whatsoever.”

This is what Handelsblatt said:

The Handelsblatt report cited a confidential foreign ministry document that intelligence shared by U.S. officials represented a “smoking gun” that meant Chinese companies were unsafe partners for building next-generation 5G mobile networks.

“At the end of 2019, intelligence was passed to us by the U.S., according to which Huawei is proven to have been cooperating with China’s security authorities,” the newspaper cited the document as saying.

This is sure to muddy the waters further. Is Huawei an agent for Chinese intelligence? Are the issues with Huawei overblown? At this point it isn’t clear and the only thing that will make it clear are facts. Something that seems to be in short supply at the moment when it comes to Huawei.

iland Opens New Data Center Facility In Toronto

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 29, 2020 by itnerd

iland, an industry-leading provider of secure application and data protection cloud services built on proven VMware technology, today announced a new cloud region in Canada with the opening of its new data center facility in Toronto, Ontario, joining nine other cloud regions in Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington, D.C., London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.

The new iland cloud region provides access to the company’s full suite of secure cloud services built on iland’s Secure Cloud Platform, including Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS), and backup services for Office 365, in addition to Cloud Object Storage available later in the year.  The Toronto facility is iland’s first cloud region in Canada with plans for an additional Canadian location later this year.

With this new cloud region, iland is offering additional opportunities to its existing North American channel partners and is actively engaging new partners in the region, especially those with customers using VMware and Veeam solutions.

Secure Inside and Out

Expansion into Canada provides unmatched cloud services to customers in North America, while meeting the stringent demands of Canadian data security and privacy regulations. The new 242,000 square-foot facility includes security officers working 24 hours a day, seven days a week; provides numerous physical security measures; and it meets the certification requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 27001, CSA STAR and BS 10012.

Designed Green

iland’s new cloud region is designed green to meet environmental demands of Canadian consumers and regulations, earning it a Gold level for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The building includes granular-temperature and optimized-lighting controls, a rainwater capture irrigation system, cold aisle containment and high-efficiency-Turbocor chillers.

The opening of iland’s 10th cloud region is the first major announcement of this year, coming off a highly successful 2019, which included the following accomplishments:

iland is a global cloud service provider of secure and compliant hosting for infrastructure (IaaS), disaster recovery (DRaaS) and backup as a service (BaaS). They are recognized by industry analysts as a leader in disaster recovery. The award-winning iland Secure Cloud Console natively combines deep layered security, predictive analytics and compliance to deliver unmatched visibility and ease of management for all of iland’s cloud services. Headquartered in Houston, Texas and London, UK, iland delivers cloud services from its cloud regions throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Learn more at www.iland.com.